Disposing of large quantities of CO2 and nutrient-rich wastewater is difficult, expensive and laden with risk. But that’s not the only problem faced by many businesses across agriculture, brewing, food production, water processing and cement production to name but a few. Releasing waste streams into the environment is adding to environmental concerns. In a global economy heading for net zero, emissions will be targeted and increasingly expensive. This is yet another headache for companies with net zero aspirations. Our whitepaper explores a solution that tackles this complex situation head on – by using such nutrient-rich sources as the input for microalgae cultivation. 

The paper explains how ‘turning trash into cash’ provides opportunity for companies to gain first-mover advantage in several fields. With a clear, problem/solution approach, it outlines a method that be considered simply as a way to capture carbon – but is more likely to yield benefits in the creation of valuable bio-derived compounds. The process involves intercepting waste streams and diverting them into feedstocks for the generation of new revenue streams. This promises to replace the negative environmental impact with valuable new co-products in a transformative, circular-economy model.

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Author
Alistair MacNair
Senior Scientist

Alistair is a senior chemist who works in technology strategy and product development across several industrial and consumer market sectors. His focus is on developing novel sustainable technologies to enable the creation of new value of clients and reduction in environmental impact.