World Bank signs first landfill gas project in China
So here is a little background on land fill gas projects. Land fills which hold household trash release harmful gases into the atmosphere in the form of methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas which has 25 times the global warming potential than its than its common counterpart carbon dioxide. However, there is a lot more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is why carbon dioxide is the main focus of most global warming advocates. Methane, however, is a very clean burning fuel that can be harnessed for energy. So the World Bank has signed its first deal in China to capture the gas that emits from landfills and turn it into energy. By doing this, it captures gas produced from waste and further reduces energy needs. Landfill gas is the fourth largest contributor to non-carbon dioxide gas greenhouse emissions.
With Tianjin, China being the first selected location with a landfill that supports over 1.6 million households…the potential is enormous. China also has 87 other cities with a million people or more, so this new era could have the potential to release less greenhouse gases while producing an ever increasing demand for energy.
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