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Sustainability

BioAtlantis’ objective is to manufacture products with minimal environmental impact and carbon footprint which will deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

The emissions per kg of product manufactured in 2021 amounts to 0.96kg CO2 eq/kg. The target is to reduce this by 43% by the end of 2023, which equates to 0.54 CO2 eq/kg. This will be achieved by focusing on efficiencies and investing in solar energy. The new technologies which will be launched in 2022 and 2023 will provide more sustainable solutions to food producers.

Plant Operating Efficiencies:

From the earliest design stages of the production facility, focus was placed on automation, energy efficiency and minimisation of environmental impact.

Regeneration/recovery of heat from the many processes on site was used widely. However, there is more to be done and it is anticipated that these projects will yield a reduction in CO2 emissions of ~20% by the end of 2022 and a further 20% by year end 2023. Pollutant gases are mitigated using the Best Available Technologies (BATs), in accordance with Directive 2010/75/EU and in line with Guidance Notes issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Carbon Footprint:

The majority of our raw materials are sourced from the west coast of Ireland thus minimising our carbon footprint.

 

BioAtlantis produces highly concentrated liquid and spray dried products, resulting in lower packing, transport and disposal costs. This together with the low application rates of the products (1 to 6 Kg/Hectare), delivers products to end users with a low carbon footprint.

Sustainability

BioAtlantis’ objective is to manufacture products with minimal environmental impact and carbon footprint which will deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

The emissions per kg of product manufactured in 2021 amounts to 0.96kg CO2 eq/kg. The target is to reduce this by 43% by the end of 2023, which equates to 0.54 CO2 eq/kg. This will be achieved by focusing on efficiencies and investing in solar energy. The new technologies which will be launched in 2022 and 2023 will provide more sustainable solutions to food producers.

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Plant Operating Efficiencies:

From the earliest design stages of the production facility, focus was placed on automation, energy efficiency and minimisation of environmental impact. Regeneration/recovery of heat from the many processes on site was used widely. However, there is more to be done and it is anticipated that these projects will yield a reduction in CO2 emissions of ~20% by the end of 2022 and a further 20% by year end 2023. Pollutant gases are mitigated using the Best Available Technologies (BATs), in accordance with Directive 2010/75/EU and in line with Guidance Notes issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Carbon Footprint:

The majority of our raw materials are sourced from the west coast of Ireland thus minimising our carbon footprint. BioAtlantis produces highly concentrated liquid and spray dried products, resulting in lower packing, transport and disposal costs. This together with the low application rates of the products (1 to 6 Kg/Hectare), delivers products to end users with a low carbon footprint.

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Circular economy:

All waste cardboard is baled on site and sent for recycling. Packaging material and drums are UN approved, reusable and recyclable. In global terms, BioAtlantis contributes to efforts for sustainable economic growth and high quality job creation in rural and coastal regions. At a local level, BioAtlantis is also a member of the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster in the south-west of Ireland (https://cbcsw.ie/).

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Fossil fuel usage reduction:

A decision was taken in 2015 to install high efficiency LPG fuelled steam boilers instead of coal or oil fired boilers despite a significantly higher capital investment and running costs. LPG is one of the cleanest fossil fuels available, second only to natural gas. LPG emits 38% less carbon dioxide compared to coal to produce the same amount of energy. Given the benefits of natural gas, plans are afoot to put the infrastructure in place to enable the plant to run on natural gas in the future, thereby replacing LPG. In addition, BioAtlantis has commenced work on a Solar PV project which will replace ~ 30% of the electricity purchased by end of 2023.

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Sourcing raw and process materials:

BioAtlantis operates an Approved Supplier System to evaluate, assess and approve suppliers. BioAtlantis extracts natural compounds from renewable raw materials, including seaweeds and terrestrial plants which are 100% replenishable and sustainable. BioAtlantis fully supports Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) for operating sustainably and in line with conservation requirements in Natura 2000 sites (SACs, SPAs) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Additionally, we also work to ensure that there are no impacts or in-combination effects with existing activities or features such as inshore fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, recreation, heritage sites and existing seaweed harvesting rights.

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Seaweed as a sustainable, regenerative resource:

Regeneration:

Seaweeds such as Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria spp. have been sustainably harvested by hand and mechanical means in Europe for over 70 years.  Peer reviewed scientific studies demonstrate that Laminaria hyperborea regenerates in 3 to 6 years post-mechanical harvesting, while A. nodosum can regenerate within a shorter timeframe of 3 years. A. nodosum has been harvested by hand in Ireland for hundreds of years, while Laminaria has been mechanically harvested for over 70 years in Norway, France and Iceland. Studies in Ireland show that L. hyperborea in Ireland has a mean age of 3.4 years, reflecting its regular removal by storms every year and rapid regeneration thereafter. Datasets and scientific studies show that loss of Laminaria due to manual/mechanical removal or by storms has no impact on fisheries landings, invertebrate recruitment or crustaceans such as crabs.

 

Carbon sequestration:

As seaweeds have a low potential to fix or sequester carbon, the sustainable harvesting of this renewable resource is entirely compatible with climate change objectives. Although defined as a primary producer, seaweeds account for <1% of global photosynthesis annually. In contrast, non-seaweed sources such as phytoplankton account for 97.9% of photosynthesis in the marine zone. In turn, phytoplankton account for almost 50% of the Planet’s carbon fixation every year, with the remaining 50% undertaken by land plants.

 

New technologies for sustainable agriculture:

Plant health products:

Biostimulants to mitigate the impact of climate change:

‘Plant Biostimulants’ are defined by the European commission (EU no2019/1009) as inputs to stimulate a crop’s natural nutrition processes, aimed solely at improving the crop’s nutrient use efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, quality traits or increasing the availability of confined nutrients in the soil or rhizosphere. BioAtlantis has developed a portfolio of high quality biostimulants, proven to prime crops when applied as foliar or soil applications. These products are exported to ~40 countries. These products are environmentally safe solutions to tackle the impact of climate change on crops, such as cold, drought and heat.

 

Biopesticides to eliminate the requirement for hazardous agrochemicals on crops:

Biopesticides are defined as products derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, microorganisms, algae and certain minerals, for use in controlling crop pests and pathogens. Chemical pesticides used by crop growers are often hazardous to humans, animals and organisms in the environment, including pollinators such as bees. To address this problem, BioAtlantis is developing technologies to replace the use of hazardous substances by crop growers. BioAtlantis’ new biopesticide products will be equally as effective as chemical synthetics in controlling important pests and diseases, whilst being completely safe to the environment and humans alike, with no toxicological or ecotoxicology impacts on flora or fauna.

 

Animal health products:

Antibiotic reduction in animals: The overuse of antibiotics in animal husbandry is culminating in the emergence of drug-resistant diseases that infect humans. BioAtlantis has developed a technology that modulates the immune system of pigs thereby reducing the requirement for antibiotics in agriculture. This technology which will be launched later this year acts as an effective replacement to zinc oxide which will be banned in June 2022.

By working with nature, BioAtlantis is establishing the foundations for a sustainable and green new future for all.