Landfills

In Canada, landfill sites produce about 27 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in methane emissions annually. Sixty-four facilities across Canada recover landfill gas, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfills by 6.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year. The recovery of landfill gas has increased by 40 percent since 1990.

Internationally, Canada is working in partnership with Colombia, Chile and Mexico on various projects that offer a suite of options to direct organic matter from landfills and reduce methane emissions.

Canada's Minister of the Environment, Peter Kent, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico's Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Elvira Quesada, to increase cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Mexico's waste management sector.

The purpose of this MOU is to provide a framework for solutions to help reduce Mexico's methane emissions by diverting organic matter from landfills, capturing methane gas, and using it as a new source of energy.

Title: Puebla Landfill Gas Recovery
Canada’s Contribution: $100,000
Funding Period: 2009-2010
Sector: Landfill
Targeted Country/Region: Mexico
Project Description: Under the auspices of the Canada-Mexico Partnership, this project enabled the construction of a landfill gas extraction and collection system for the capture of methane for combustion and utilization in the Puebla Region.
Achievements:This project contributed to reducing human induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through methane capture, and contributed to minimizing adverse health impacts resulting from existing landfill methane emissions.


Title: "Bio-Cancun" Organic Waste to Energy Project
Canada’s Contribution: $228,000
Funding Period: 2010-2011
Sector: Landfill
Targeted Country/Region: Mexico
Project Description: Under the auspices of the Canada-Mexico Partnership, this project was established to conduct a feasibility study examining the use of municipal solid waste as a source of energy generation in the city of Cancun, Mexico.
Achievements: The project delivered a detailed feasibility study for setting up a waste to energy facility, including a conceptual and basic design of the system, the financial analysis and viability of the project, and an environmental impact study. The study is completed and bidding documents have been prepared for the construction of the plant.


 

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