Pilgrim’s Moy Park has unveiled a state-of-the-art poultry farm on its pathway to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2040. Located in Lincolnshire, U.K., Beech Farm was built from the ground up with sustainability in mind to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 100%, effectively taking the farm ‘off grid’ when all systems operate at capacity.
Everything from the design and layout of the farm building to how it captures and recycles rainwater reflects Moy Park’s mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, renewable.’ Technologies utilized on the farm to reach net-zero emissions include ground source heat pumps to generate heating, heat exchanger systems to reduce overall heat usage, and solar technology capable of generating 1MW of electricity, which work in tandem with lithium battery storage. The facility also practices the latest biosecurity measures to help ensure safety and welfare standards for its birds.
Through these innovations, Moy Park has created a 100% reduction in energy-related GHG emissions at Beech Farm, representing 900 metric tons of CO2e savings a year. With more than 700 farming partners across the U.K., Moy Park plans to use Beech Farm as a demonstration farm to share knowledge and technical assistance with its network of poultry producers. The project’s potential to be a game-changer for the industry is also particularly exciting when taken in partnership with Moy Park’s other scope 3 initiatives, such as its ‘Farm Carbon Calculator’ that will monitor and track GHG emissions in real time at individual farm level, across its entire farming base.