Monarch is a leader in renewable energy and bio-innovations through the power of agri-ingenuity. Our scalable farm-based innovations focus on renewable natural gas (RNG), carbon removal, enhanced biodiversity, and ecosystem services.
The Power of the Farm,
What We Do
Renewable Natural Gas
Monarch converts methane emissions from Smithfield’s hog farms into carbon-negative renewable natural gas to power homes, businesses, and transportation. Our process removes at least 25 times more emissions from the atmosphere than emitted, resulting in the industry’s lowest carbon intensity scores. In partnership with one of the world’s leading protein providers and one of the world’s most renowned production engineers of renewable energy, Monarch delivers RNG on a massive scale.
Why let good waste go to waste? Converting methane gas to RNG produces byproducts that Monarch uses to produce organic fertilizer. This sustainable fertilizer reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers, improving our soil and outcomes for biodiversity. It’s all part of Monarch’s efforts to create a better circular and virtuous economy.
Prairie Grass Reclamation
Prairie grass is a wonder crop that captures and stores carbon. Its deep roots enrich the soil, reduce flooding, and enhance wildlife habitats. In partnership with Roeslein & Associates, we’ve planted thousands of acres of prairie grass, which are native to the regions in which we build our RNG projects. We aim to plant millions of acres of additional native prairie grass around waterways, erodible land, and marginal farmland. Prairie grass requires regular harvesting for its root system to grow in a robust way that captures more carbon. Harvested prairie grass can be used to create more sustainable RNG, which does not compete with food for humans and animals. This is a win-win for the environment and our energy needs. Monarch is working to open new pathways for prairie-derived fuels to come to market.
Water is a valuable and limited resource in all farming. We work with our farm partners to make the most out of every drop: conserving, recycling, and reusing water for drinking, cleaning, cooling, and irrigation. Producing clean water is critical to the health of our animals, our land, and our goals to create an efficient and sustainable energy source.
Supporting Monarch Butterfly Habitats
Monarch butterflies aren’t just pretty. They’re vital to the environment and wildlife. As pollinators and natural pest controllers, they help flowers, crops, and fruits grow. They’re part of the natural food chain. Their health is a crucial indicator of the health of our entire ecosystem. Prairie grass restoration is helping to reverse their dangerously declining population while improving the environment.
There are many players in the renewable natural gas sector. But very few, if any, can match Monarch’s unique combination of proven technological, engineering, and operational know-how, as well as our vast supply of biogas resources, access to financial expertise, and capital availability to bring successful projects to market.
In addition, Monarch’s commitment to restoring millions of acres of prairie stands alone. We encourage others to join us in our efforts outside of RNG production. Altogether, Monarch is leading the way to create a carbon-negative, sustainable, and circular economy on a scale that has a major, immediate, and positive environmental impact.
Press Releases, Articles
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