Organic food producer AUGA group has introduced a new environmentally-friendly tractor, aiming to set new standards in sustainable farming and help reduce agricultural pollution – the world’s first hybrid biomethane and electric tractor for professional farm use – AUGA M1.
Until now, sustainable fuel tractors available on the market have not been suitable for large-scale farm work. This is the company’s first step in offering technological solutions that will help eliminate climate pollution throughout the food supply chain and foster sustainable agriculture.
According to a recent study, food systems are responsible for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and a large part of it is due to the use of fossil fuels in agricultural machinery. According to Kęstutis Juščius, CEO of AUGA group, the new technology, on which AUGA M1 is based, will help to create a new food production model on a global scale and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture.
Biomethane is one of the greenest types of biofuel. Methane, collected from livestock waste and converted to biomethane, offsets more emissions per unit of energy in its production and use cycle than it emits.
“We are ready to provide consumers around the world with food at no cost to nature” said Mr Juščius. “By eating such food, people themselves will make a positive impact on climate change daily. And we are sure that more and more people want to live like this. Three years ago, when we first calculated our emissions, we saw that as much as 30 percent of them come from the use of fossil fuels on farms.
There were simply no solutions to change it. That is why we have taken the lead in developing technologies that will allow us to create a new standard for sustainable agriculture and drastically reduce pollution throughout the food value chain. The first result of this work is a biomethane and electric tractor. Our invention makes it possible to create a wide range of tractor applications and make it accessible to all farmers who want to work sustainably.
We are not developing technology just to solve our own emissions and deliver on the promise of becoming a CO2-neutral company by 2030. Our goal is bigger – we will strive to make this tractor and other technologies that are still being developed available to farmers all over the world and help solve the global problem of pollution in the agricultural sector.”
The hybrid AUGA M1 tractor solves two main obstacles that have so far hindered the prevalence of biomethane-powered tractors: the inefficient refueling process and underdeveloped refueling station infrastructure. The latter was solved by offering quick and convenient gas cartridge replacement.
Currently, the company’s experts are developing “green” technology that will eliminate carbon emissions from the soil and the digestive process of cattle.
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Source: Renewable Energy Magazine