banner

The City recently successfully registered its programme of activities for a series of landfill gas to energy conversion projects with the United Nations.
1285 Views

City to convert landfill gasses into energy


The City recently successfully registered its programme of activities for a series of landfill gas to energy conversion projects with the United Nations. This will assist in offsetting the City’s carbon footprint and meeting international emissions targets.

The City of Cape Town is proud to announce that our programme of activities (PoA) for projects aiming to capture and harness the energy being produced by our landfill sites has been confirmed as meeting the requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC.)

This programme of activities will serve as the umbrella instrument for registering landfill gas projects in Cape Town, but other municipalities and private landfill owners in South Africa could register future projects via this PoA should they so choose.

This means that all future projects in South Africa that comply with the technical and legal specifications outlined in the City’s PoA will be eligible to earn carbon credits once registered with the UNFCCC, and will thus make a significant contribution towards keeping our carbon emissions level below the target level set by the Kyoto Protocol.

The projects that fall within this PoA will dramatically reduce the amount of harmful gas that is released into the atmosphere. Landfill gas, comprised predominantly of methane and carbon dioxide, has a global warming potential approximately 25 times greater than carbon dioxide.

“The process to have a PoA approved is complex, and requires substantial documentary evidence to be generated and provided in terms of the UNFCCC rules. We are therefore proud to have been able to do our part in facilitating sustainable development throughout South Africa,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.

“In terms of the process for converting the energy, a network of pipes installed within the waste will convey the gas from a series of wells for combustion, in order to destroy the harmful gases. The gas will be combusted on-site to produce electricity which will either be exported to the South African grid supply network (offsetting the consumption of power which would otherwise have been generated by fossil fuel sources) or carried by further pipework to an adjacent industrial location for combustion to generate heat.”

The City is currently in talks with an industrial client who is interested in making use of landfill gas in their factory. Further developments will be announced as they arise.

“Projects of this nature are crucial to ensuring that South Africa moves forward in a sustainable manner. By earning carbon credits, these projects create environmental capacity for future development – thus creating jobs and opportunities. This kind of responsible thinking, coupled with the remarkable expertise of our officials, shows that the City truly is doing its part to make progress possible,’ said Councillor Sonnenberg.

Source: Cape Business News


Vision Zero Waste Seminar
Book your seat here.
Join the discussion here.

Follow Alive2Green on Social Media

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google +

Recently Published

koeberg
»

Koeberg equipped to process its nuclear waste

Koeberg nuclear power station is well equipped to handle the energy ...

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 2.51.47 PM
»

Africa Tourism: partnering for the future

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) announced today that registration ...

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 12.57.55 PM
»

Reusable incentives could slash disposable coffee cup waste

Incentives such as a tax on disposable coffee cups or free reuseable ...

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 12.39.45 PM
»

New cars much less fuel efficient than manufacturers claim, research finds

Australian Automobile Association finds fuel use on average 25% ...

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 3.02.25 PM
»

First Radisson Red hotel coming to V&A

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront will soon boast Africa’s first ...

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 2.44.56 PM
»

How a new way of thinking about soil sparked a national movement in agriculture

As word gets around that soil is alive, farmers have adopted a whole ...

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 2.32.26 PM
»

An Awesome Portable Pyrolytic Biomass Stove

The so-called Enki stove was made by the Italian firm of the same ...

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 12.39.33 PM
»

Why companies get their carbon footprints wrong

Corporate carbon accounts could be delivering inaccurate results that ...

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 11.16.55 AM
»

Transport commits to improving lives of South Africans

The Department of Transport says it will dedicate its programmes ...