Paving the way for sustainability in cannabis cultivation, phylos and progressive plant research Developing strategic efficiencies for growing cannabis and hemp in greenhouses


By reporting a reduction in energy consumption of at least 36%, partners are focusing on addressing growing sustainability issues in the cannabis industry as legalization approaches.

PORTLAND, Ore., 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Phylos®, a modern crop technology company developing advanced cannabis and hemp genetics, has announced that it, in partnership with its partner dedicated to research and cultivation, Progressive plant research (PPR), predict a reduction in total energy consumption of 36% due to the significant improvements and automations made to the facility since the conversion to a greenhouse cannabis and hemp cultivation operation.

This achievement is the result of a deep and intentional drive to improve sustainability so that it can be adopted across the industry. As part of the commitment of Phylos and PPR, they joined forces with the Energy Trust of that of Oregon Strategic Energy Management Program (ETO).

“In a state that leads and sets standards for the cannabis industry, we have a responsibility to improve the sustainability of our industry” said Ralph risch, CEO of Phylos. “Not only do we focus on seed genetics that improve crop efficiency, but we are also committed to sharing best practices for sustainable industrial practices. “

The reported reduction of 742,575 kWh, equivalent to 114 passenger vehicles driven for a year and 1,160,182 pounds of CO2 emissions – is expected to achieve annual energy savings of 910,505 kWh / year through the implementation of long-term agricultural sustainability practices. The company has also been accepted and will participate in Portland General Electric’s Energy Partnership Program (EMP) starting in the fourth quarter of 2021.

In our ongoing work with Energy Trust to Oregon, Portland General Electric and CLEAResult, we hope to be a future leader in energy efficiency in the Oregon the cannabis industry “, said Shawn coogan, Director of PPR Installations. “Our success story could pave the way for other cannabis companies in Oregon, whether indoors or in greenhouses, to participate in these programs that support the reduction of energy consumption for a more sustainable future. “

PPR focuses on working with plant scientists Phylos to identify the precise climates needed to maximize the health of cannabis plants and analyze environmental climate control data to identify sources of energy use that do not directly contribute to plant growth. In addition, PPR works with teams in its greenhouses to adjust processes, tune environmental control systems and adjust infrastructure to optimize efficiency.

Cannabis grow operations, especially indoor grow operations, require a large amount of electricity to power their air conditioning and lighting systems. According to data from New Frontier Cannabis Energy Report 2018, indoor grow installations can require up to 55% more energy than greenhouses and mixed-light installations. By participating in the programs offered by ETO and PGE, Phylos and PPR pave the way for better sustainability by reducing the impact of cannabis on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more about how Phylos and PPR achieved these goals, download the technical sheet.

To learn more about the cultivation efficiency, operations, and data of the Phylos and PPR ETO reports, please contact [email protected]

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