Estimates of Methane Recovery in Landfill Gas Flaring and Utilisation

Climate Change Research Programme - CCRP Report 3

Summary: CCRP Report 3 - Fehily Timoney & Co. Ltd

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Published: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84095-326-8

Pages: 58

Filesize: 2,542 KB

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The Office of Climate Licensing and Resource Use (OCLR) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acts as the inventory agency in Ireland with responsibility for compiling, reporting and improving national greenhouse gas inventories. This project seeks to improve the methodology for the estimation of flaringand utilisation of landfill gas.

Landfill gas contains the greenhouse gases methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2). In order to offset the CH4 content and combust other trace components, landfill gas is flared and utilised. Other components of landfill gas also have global warming potential but these are outside the scope of this study.

There is no formal mechanism in place for reporting flaring and utilisation of landfill gas in Ireland. Accordingto the National Climate Change Strategy 2007–2012 (Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, 2007), waste activities account for 2.5% of national greenhouse gas emissions.