Albertans are embracing a circular economy, a business framework that reduces waste, pollution and energy use while reducing reliance on new resources. Some of the technology required to push the needle toward the circular economic model already exists — but Alberta businesses are pushing the limits of zero waste operations using high-tech control systems.
The mission statement of the Perry Family Farm, located just east of Lethbridge, is to “produce perfect potatoes.” But its long-term goal is to demonstrate leadership in sustainable wealth creation by integrating agriculture and energy production. Its GrowTEC operation features an anaerobic digester, commissioned in 2014, which harnesses bacteria to break down organic waste to produce biogas. That gas fuels a combined heat and power unit that has generated more than 4,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year since 2016.