The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) has released a new publication — International Best Practices Guide for Landfill Gas Energy (LFGE) Projects — which provides a broad overview of the development process for LFGE projects and presents the technological, economic and political considerations that typically affect the success of LFGE projects in international settings. The guide presents best practices that encourage environmentally and economically sound LFGE projects and connects stakeholders with available information, tools and services.
It is intended for representatives of national, regional, and local governments; landfill owners; energy service providers; corporations and industries; and representatives of not-for-profit organizations.
“Landfill gas energy (LFGE) is a small but important component of an integrated approach to solid waste management given that the use of landfills continues to remain the predominant method of solid waste disposal (SWD) in most countries. Many LFGE systems have been built, only to close shortly after costly startup, operations and maintenance. As a result, helping local governments choose appropriate solid waste management strategies and technologies is critically important.” (Executive Summary extract)
Launched in 2004, GMI is the only international effort to specifically target methane abatement, recovery, and use by focusing on the five main methane emission sources: agriculture, coal mines, municipal solid waste, oil and gas systems, and wastewater. The Initiative works in concert with other international agreements, including the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Unlike other GHGs, methane is the primary component of natural gas and can be converted to usable energy. The reduction of methane therefore serves as a cost-effective method to reduce GHGs and increase energy security, enhance economic growth, improve air quality and improve worker safety.
The report is available at www.globalmethane.org.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Global Methane Initiative press release)