Long Beach, CA – The U.S. EPA announced on July 28, 2004, that it would join efforts with Australia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Ukraine to help poorer nations harvest their methane gas emissions. The immediate local benefits will be to provide clean burning fuel, reduce global warming, and improve air quality in the region. Methane emission reductions also will moderate global warming. The EPA plan would involve programs budgeted at up to $53 million over the next five years to help the poorer nations reduce emissions of methane primarily from landfills, coal mines and oil and gas systems.
Methane and other gases are produced during the microbiological decomposition of organic wastes buried in dumps and landfills. Methane is a significant greenhouse gas, about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, so the reduction in methane emissions from municipal and industrial activities is one measure to reverse the effects of climate change and associated global warming. The methane fraction of landfill gas (LFG), comprising about 50% of the mix, is also a potential fuel, useable to generate heat and/or electricity.
SCS Engineers (SCS) is proud to be a leader in management of LFG and the development of energy recovery systems for both the public and private sector since 1970. Our firm has helped develop, design, install, operate, and troubleshoot LFG collection and utilization systems at more than 350 waste disposal sites in the USA, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
Since 1996, SCS has been a partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Air and Radiation, Methane Branch and the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). In general, SCS conducts educational outreach programs and provides technical assistance to potential landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) projects in the U.S. and developing nations.
Notable SCS landfill gas-to-energy projects include:
In addition, virtually concurrent with the announcement of EPA’s methane emission reduction program, the World Bank selected SCS for contract negotiations for the conduct of initial feasibility studies of LFG-to-energy at 10 landfills in 5 Latin American countries. The studies will also cover the potential for GHG emission reductions at all sites.
SCS applauds the EPA’s efforts to help capture the second-most abundant greenhouse gas on a global level.
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