Ontario Dairy Council Joins Innovative Plan Zero Program

    Dairy Product By-Products to Produce Renewable Energy, Revenue for Food

    TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - The Ontario Dairy Council (ODC) and StormFisher
Biogas, an Ontario-based renewable energy company, have created a partnership
that will see the non-edible by-products from the production of milk, cheese
and yogurt turned into renewable energy. The partnership was struck as part of
the Plan Zero program, which means that a portion of revenue from the sale of
this renewable energy will go to the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB).
    ODC will work with its member organizations, which process approximately
97% of the milk produced in Ontario totalling more than $4 billion annually,
to direct non-edible organic by-products to StormFisher's production
facilities - called anaerobic digesters - which decompose organic matter to
create electricity, natural gas and heat. Anaerobic digesters can produce
energy using a wide range of organic materials, from used cooking oils to cow
manure. While StormFisher is already connected to the dairy industry at the
farm level, this new partnership represents the first of this scale in the
Plan Zero program. StormFisher is currently developing its first biogas plants
in Ontario, which will be operational in 2009.
    "This is a win-win-win situation," said Tom Kane, President of ODC. "We
provide a meaningful and environmentally-sustainable way for our members to
dispose of unwanted by-products, StormFisher gets the materials it needs to
make energy, and Ontario's food banks receive a portion of the revenues." Kane
describes the partnership as a way to fulfill ODC's objective to position the
industry's role in the changing environment.
    "This is a great win for the OAFB and the Plan Zero partnership," said
Adam Spence, Executive Director of OAFB. "The Ontario Dairy Council has a long
history of supporting food banks in Ontario through their milk program. We're
happy to be part of their commitment to fight hunger and climate change at the
same time."

    Ontario Dairy Council is the provincial trade association through which
milk processors and marketers discuss matters of mutual interest and concern
with representatives of government, consumers and milk producers. The
Council's activities enable the Ontario dairy processing industry to tackle
its challenges and meet its objectives. It adds a strong, informed voice to
industry groups.

    StormFisher Biogas is an Ontario-based biogas developer and operator
developing biogas installations across North America. StormFisher's biogas
plants will produce electricity, natural gas and heat while reducing landfill
disposal and greenhouse gas emissions, including highly polluting methane
emissions. Biogas production facilities, called anaerobic digesters,
accelerate the decomposition of organic matter to create a combination of
methane and carbon dioxide. Digesters can produce energy using a wide range of
feedstock materials, from used cooking oils to cow manure. StormFisher's
operations will reduce farm and food processor disposal costs, divert valuable
organic materials from landfills, and help to combat climate change by
reducing emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more potent
than carbon dioxide.

    The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a network of over 100
food banks working to end hunger across the province from Ottawa to Windsor,
and Niagara Falls to Thunder Bay. 320,000 Ontarians are served by food banks
every month, and 40 per cent of those served are children. The OAFB moves
millions of pounds of food every year, coordinates the food bank distribution
network, encourages safety and quality, provides support on development,
operations, and management, and raises the profile of hunger in Ontario. OAFB
member organizations distribute food through thousands of large and small
programs to relieve hunger. Community agencies receiving food through OAFB
member food banks include soup kitchens, shelters, community kitchens, food
pantries, drop-in centres, and breakfast programs.

For further information:

For further information: Tom Kane, M.B.A., CAE, President, Ontario Dairy
Council, Tel: (905) 542-3620, Web: www.ontariodairies.ca; Ryan Little, Vice
President, Business Development, StormFisher Biogas, Tel: (416) 850-6804, Web:
www.stormfisher.com; Adam Spence, Executive Director, Ontario Association of
Food Banks, Work: (416) 656-4100, Cell: (416) 543-0897

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