The alliance, FPSA, aims to reduce food wastage by partnering with food manufacturers and will generate renewable energy in the process

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Vanguard Renewables’ farm powered anaerobic digester at Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield, Massachusetts. (Credit: Vanguard Renewables.)

Vanguard Renewables, a renewable energy developer, has launched the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance (FPSA) to reduce food wastage and has partnered with several food manufacturers and retailers, including Unilever, Starbucks and Dairy Farmers of America.

As part of the alliance, Vanguard Renewables plans to eliminate food waste first and to repurpose what cannot be eliminated into renewable energy, from manufacturing and supply chain.

For this purpose, the renewable energy company will use its anaerobic digesters to process food wastage into renewable energy.

FPSA members have also agreed to start exploring the process of decarbonising their thermal energy usage by converting to farm-derived renewable natural gas.

Vanguard aims to use its digesters on farms to capture the energy from the discarded food and generate renewable natural gas or renewable electricity to power homes and manufacturing plants in the US.

Furthermore, the process also produced low carbon fertiliser that the farms can use to support regenerative agriculture while offering farmers a diversified source of income.

Vanguard Renewables chairman and CEO John Hanselman said: “This unprecedented commitment by food industry leaders to the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance is a call to action for others to follow to impact climate change and shape a sustainable future for America and the planet.

“This transformative movement will repurpose food waste that cannot be eliminated into renewable energy and low carbon fertiliser for farm use. Working with our Farm Powered Strategic Alliance partners, we plan to expand our organics recycling facility footprint to all major metro areas nationwide.”