State of Colorado pilot program connects breweries and cannabis cultivators to capture and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Contact: Andrew Bare, 720-425-2736 (mobile), andrew.bare@state.co.us
For Immediate Release 
 
The legal marijuana industry is a large market for carbon dioxide consumption, as carbon dioxide is used to grow product in a condensed time span and increase yields. Carbon dioxide is a key component in the cannabis plant growth process as the plant translates light into the energy needed for growth.  
 
“The Clinic consistently strives to incorporate sustainable practices into our operations,” said Brian Cusworth, director of operations for The Clinic.  “We know that the nation is watching Colorado to see how cultivators of legal marijuana handle our responsibilities to our customers, our community, and our planet.”
 
The pilot program aims to demonstrate a cost-efficient way for breweries and marijuana businesses to slash their carbon dioxide emissions, as companies will no longer have to purchase carbon dioxide from power plants and have it shipped by truck across the state. Implementation of this technology will meaningfully reduce the transportation portion of their carbon footprint. 
 
Beginning in January, carbon dioxide produced by the beer brewing process at Denver Beer Co. will be captured using Earthly Labs’ system and will then be transferred via holding tanks to The Clinic where it will be released to stimulate marijuana plant growth. The brewery can capture over 100,000  lbs/year with this technology.  
 
“Earthly Labs’ vision is to capture and avoid 1 billion metric tons of CO2,” said CEO Amy George. “The State of Colorado is leading the charge in the country to promote small scale carbon capture investment to meet their 2030 goals. We are thrilled to help these industry pioneers reduce costs, drive innovation, and improve the quality of life in Colorado.”  
 
Project one page summary can be accessed here.
 
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About the Small Business Assistance Program:
The Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) provides free support, education, outreach, and advocacy to help small businesses achieve, maintain and go beyond compliance with federal and state environmental regulations through technical assistance, education, and communication. 
 
Additional press contacts:
Diana Crawford (Denver Beer Co) diana@denverbeerco.com, 502-727-8881
Gina Cannon (The Clinic) gina@gkcpr.com, 847-361-0506
Amy George (Earthly Labs) amy@earthlylabs.com, 512-680-0142