Landfill gas (LFG) is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic material in landfills. It is comprised of methane and carbon dioxide, two primary greenhouse gas emissions that contribute significantly to global climate change.
In fact, landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, with methane holding a global warming potential that is 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. However, with recent technological developments, LFG can now be captured, converted and used as an energy source to prevent methane from migrating into the atmosphere, thereby reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. One such development is the MP Greenwood Landfill Gas to Energy Project.
The MP Greenwood Landfill Gas to Energy Project consists of a landfill gas collection and control system, which contains LFG extraction wells, an LFG conveyance piping system and associated conditioning, compression, control, and monitoring equipment. Landfill gas, which would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere, is collected, processed and delivered through a 5.2 mile underground pipeline to a neighboring industrial facility owned by FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A. where it is combusted in two onsite boilers and converted to energy.
The project delivers 197 billion British thermal units of energy annually, powering approximately 40 percent of the total FUJIFILM 500-acre complex. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 0.023 million metric tons annually. This reduction is the carbon dioxide equivalent to removing 15,800 passenger vehicles from annual operation, and is made possible by voluntary carbon offset contributions.
The emission reductions are verified by an accredited third-party verifier to the Climate Action Reserve’s Landfill Project Protocol. The Climate Action Reserve is an independent third-party greenhouse gas Project Certification Program. All project documentation and third party audits can be viewed here.
All verified emission reductions are registered as carbon credits by the Climate Action Reserve and tracked by unique verification code. Your contributions can be tracked by verification codes that are purchased and permanently retired on the APX Environmental Registry by Carbon Checkout, LLC.
PROJECT TYPE: Landfill Gas to Energy
PROJECT LOCATION: Greenwood, South Carolina
VERIFICATION PROTOCOL: The Climate Action Reserve’s Landfill Project Protocol
ANNUAL EMISSION REDUCTIONS: Approximately 0.023 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions per year