The Azimuth Project
Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives

Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives or ZERI is an international organization seeking to develop sustainable technologies. ZERI claims to have a total of fifty projects world wide.

Examples of projects include:

  • Pigs: The students at Montfort Boys’ Town collect the sludge from the local brewery in Suva. This free input of barley mash becomes perfect substrate on which to grow mushrooms. This provides a local food source and more practical skills for the students. The substrate, mixed with rice straw or sawdust, is inoculated with fungus spores. As the mushrooms grow, they produce an enzyme that unlocks the protein in the grain, transforming it into nutritious animal feed. After the mushrooms have been harvested, the substrate is fed to pigs, eliminating the need to buy feed. The waste from the pigs is collected and sent through a biodigester, a simple device that allows for treatment of solids and separation of gas. The methane gas from the biodigester is captured, bottled and used as an energy source for lighting and cooking.

  • Beer: Breweries in Namibia, Sweden, Canada and Japan are converting the waste protein and fiber from the brewing process into valuable products, generating additional income and jobs.

  • Bamboo: The construction of the ZERI Pavilion at the World Expo in Germany in the year 2000 provided a starting place for designing sustainable farmhouses in the tropical Andean highlands.

  • Reforestation: A self-sustaining community in Colombia is attempting to regenerate biodiversity, produce drinking water and sustainably-farmed biodiesel, reduce the national foreign debt and more.

  • Abalone: This ZERI project is just getting started: it will link shellfish farming with the cosmetics industry.

  • Asphalt: Italian and Japanese companies are pursuing the ZERI concept in action in the industrial sector.

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