3 Rivers Energy Partners has introduced a sustainability project where its facility in Boston, Kentucky will utilize anaerobic digesters to process spent distillers grains from Beam Suntory’s adjacent Booker Noe Distillery, which produces Jim Beam, to generate renewable natural gas (RNG) to power the distillery.
The project will help the Booker Noe Distillery to replace 65% of its current conventional energy sources with RNG, thereby reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The digesters will produce a high-quality, low-cost fertilizer for local farmers to replenish cropland.
The anaerobic digester will reduce the distillery’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and support regenerative agricultural practices, once completed. It is expected to produce up to 1.3 million MMBtu of RNG annually from spent grain.
“Our goal is to help Beam Suntory create a sustainable future for their company and the planet,” said John Rivers, CEO of 3 Rivers Energy Partners. “With this process, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create new renewable energy, and help contribute to the agriculture needed to create their products. It is truly a full circle sustainability approach.”