Volta’s vision is to battle global warming by reducing methane emissions from cows generated by enteric fermentation. By making cows release less methane, the agriculture sector can take a massive leap in going sustainable.
One of the most critical challenges in the world is global warming. Good progress is being made in the energy and transport sectors with renewable energy rapidly expanding and vehicles being electrified. Agriculture makes up 9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, most of which is methane, a gas 30 times more potent in trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2. This sector has made very little progress and has been a missing puzzle piece in the efforts to reduce global warming.
“If cattle were a country, they would rank third in greenhouse gas emissions.” writes Bill Gates on Gates Notes to emphasize the importance of this issue.
The State of California has passed a bill stating that farmers must reduce their methane emissions by 40% by 2030. Farmers are struggling since no good method to reduce methane exists. Nearly 30% of the methane emitted globally is produced by enteric fermentation, which essentially is cows farting and burping. With 95 Million cows just in the U.S., the beef and dairy industry are a substantial contributor to global warming.
Volta’s vision is to help accelerate the transition to zero greenhouse gas emissions by enabling farmers to reduce their cows’ methane emissions from enteric fermentation. By making cows release less methane, the agriculture sector can take a massive leap in going sustainable.
Volta was founded in 2018 with the mission to make a positive impact on the global environment. Our team consists of entrepreneurs, biochemists, seaweed experts and engineers with backgrounds ranging from University of California, Berkeley, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology to Northvolt, Nordnet and IBM.