Farming Innovation Pathways: PigProGrAm

Developing a Circular Economy for UK Pig Production through Green Ammonia Harvesting

Green ammonia from waste

Beta is leading a project aiming to reduce the environmental impact of ammonia emissions from livestock. It was awarded funding in October 2021 under the government’s Farming Innovation Pathways Competition. PigProGrAm brings together farming and engineering expertise to demonstrate a novel farm-focused solution for the harvesting of green ammonia from livestock waste.


Agriculture is a major source of ammonia emissions to the atmosphere and these emissions can impact negatively on biodiversity through nitrogen accumulation on land and acidification of water courses. This innovation will help to create a more sustainable livestock industry in the UK, reducing the environmental impacts of production by reducing ammonia emissions, whilst at the same time creating an additional resource that can be used to generate hydrogen, a valuable tool in the fight against climate change. The generation of green ammonia and conversion to hydrogen from agricultural waste streams delivers valuable products used to decarbonise power and transportation.


The research project also includes the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB), Duynie, Projex Solutions, University of Leeds and a commercial pig unit in North Yorkshire. The consortium brings together expertise in livestock farming, sustainable animal feed, chemical engineering, smart agricultural systems, market development, and dissemination.

Sustainable farming

Project Leader Richard Cinderey from Beta explains: “Harvesting ammonia from livestock waste not only reduces local environmental impacts but provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to reducing climate change. The government’s ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ promotes the growth of low carbon hydrogen as part of the move towards net-zero by 2050. Ammonia is a carbon-free molecule with a high weight fraction of hydrogen making it an excellent candidate for its storage and transportation.”

“Building on our extensive networks and previous work in the field of low carbon and agriculture, we brought together interested parties and a successful proposal. We’re delighted that our efforts were rewarded by securing funding for this innovative project.”

Jayne Evans, Director

PigProGrAm, (Developing a Circular Economy for UK Pig Production Through Green Ammonia Harvesting), is a new project which has received £600k of funding under the government’s Farming Innovation Pathways Competition. The competition is a partnership between UKRI’s Transforming Food Production (TFP) challenge and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Farming Innovation Programme. Read more about the competition and other winners here.