Producing energy from landfill gas in Turkey

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We’re delighted to be working with our partners at Ecologi to fund innovative carbon offsetting projects around the world. Learn more about the Kocaeli Landfill Gas to Electricity Project.

The Kocaeli Landfill Gas to Electricity Project is a large-scale project to capture the landfill methane released from the Solaklar Landfill Area and convert it into clean electricity. Over 90% of the waste generated in Turkey is sent to landfill sites with the Solaklar Landfill Area accepting an average of 570 tonnes of waste each day.

Organic processes break down landfill waste, and this process releases the greenhouse gas methane (CH4) into the atmosphere. It is estimated that methane accounts for over a third of today’s anthropogenic global warming, and landfill sites are one of the largest sources of methane emissions worldwide.

The captured gas from this project is used to generate electricity which displaces emissions-heavy fossil fuel energy in the national grid, resulting in emissions reductions.

The climate benefits of this project are therefore twofold: preventing the harmful methane from being released into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming; and also displacing fossil fuel-generated energy in the grid.

Estimated emissions reductions from this project are around 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

The above is taken from the original article on the Ecologi website which you can read here.

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