Generating electricity from landfill gas in Brazil
Climate solution #58
Landfills generate methane as organic waste decomposes. Rather than getting released as emissions, that methane can be captured and used to produce electricity.
Over the course of a century, methane has 34 times the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide. Landfills are a top source of methane emissions, releasing 12 percent of the world’s total. Landfill methane can be tapped, captured, and used as a fairly clean energy source for generating electricity or heat, rather than leaking into the air or being dispersed as waste.
The climate benefit is twofold: prevent landfill emissions and displace coal, oil, or natural gas that might otherwise be used.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The 'Uberlândia landfills I and II ' project aligns with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals