Target: Delphine Delord, Director of Communications at the Beauval Zoo
Goal: Commend the zoo for implementing a renewable energy plan by recycling animal waste into gas and electricity
The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan, France has announced that it will be building a facility specialized for processing animal feces into biogas, which will then be transformed into heat and electricity. The fuel will be used to power animal habitats, and leftover biogas will be sold to the state’s power company. Excess animal waste and undigested matter will also be sold to local farmers as fertilizer. Applaud the French zoo for providing a potential solution to the world’s energy crisis by using natural and renewable resources.
Non-renewable energy sources like coal and oil are being consumed at alarming rates. In order to obtain these materials, intensive drilling and mining is required, causing massive habitat destruction for animals, as well as water and air pollution. Renewable energy sources, such as solar power, wind power, and biogas, are sustainable, eco-friendly, and affordable. The Beauval Zoo estimates that using biogas to heat animal enclosures will allow a 40 percent saving on the annual gas bill. Using animal manure for energy is also an effective way to manage the waste accumulation at zoos.
This is not the first time that animal waste has been used to generate electricity, but Beauval is the first zoo to integrate this technology on-site. Previously, five New England dairy farms installed machines that would digest manure and organic material, turning the waste into biogas. Converting animal waste into energy has also been suggested in China, a country that generates close to 1.5 million tons of pig feces each year. The Beauval Zoo aims to have the processing plant ready in the spring of 2014. Sign the petition below to commend the French zoo for developing an environmentally friendly solution to the non-renewable energy crisis, and for setting an example for zoos around the world.
Dear Ms. Delord,
I would like to commend everyone at The Beauval Zoo for implementing a renewable energy plan in the form of recycled animal waste. This is an efficient and effective way to utilize the current resources at hand to produce a highly sought after material. As you know, a processing plant will convert animal feces into biogas, which can be transformed into heat and electricity. The fuel will be used to power animal habitats, which can help reduce the zoo’s overall energy usage. Excess biogas will be sold to the state’s power company, and leftover animal waste will be sold to farmers to use as fertilizer.
Non-renewable energy sources, such as oil and coal, are being depleted drastically. Therefore, it is great news that the zoo is providing a renewable energy source in the form of animal waste. It is hoped that other zoos around the world will follow your lead and find ways to help protect this planet. Thank you for developing an environmentally friendly plan to combat the energy crisis.
[Your Name Here]
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