TerraPass Projects

Zero waste is not zero waste emissions

Even if we divert or eliminate all new waste, landfills will emit greenhouse gas for decades. By Mark Mondik According to the EPA, U.S. landfills emit about 100 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent (or about 21 million cars) of greenhouse gas annually[1]. Thus it’s no surprise that measuring corporate waste emissions is the hottest thing to hit carbon accounting since… read more →

Failing landfill projects increase U.S. GHG emissions

Apathy toward U.S. landfill gas capture projects means that more methane is being released into the atmosphere. By Mark Mondik For more than five years, proceeds from the sale of carbon offsets have played a vital role in helping fund the implementation and operation of gas collection and control systems (GCCS) at small to mid-size landfills in the U.S.  In… read more →

Support Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority

  Each month in 2013 you will have the opportunity to support a specific project through the purchase of carbon offsets. This month we are excited to feature Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority (GLRA) located in Lebanon, PA.   Why GLRA is a great project: Overall commitment to the environment. In addition to their landfill gas to energy project they have also installed a… read more →

Panel report on Tontitown project now available

As regular readers know, TerraPass recently conducted a full review of the Tontitown landfill methane flaring project, a project in our portfolio that came under heavy criticism in an article in BusinessWeek magazine. We investigated the allegations in the BusinessWeek article, wrote up our conclusions, and submitted those conclusions to an outside panel of experts for a final determination on… read more →

Tontitown update: the report is complete

Our final report on the Tontitown project is available. It is now in the hands of our expert committee, and they've already shown themselves to be highly engaged, hitting us with a good list of questions about the project particulars. As laid out in the review process, all such questions have been appended to the public report, along with our… read more →

Tontitown update: interview with ADEQ

We're nearing the conclusion of our data-gathering for the additionality review. The report should be in the hands of our review panel by the end of this week. We had an opportunity last week to interview the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. These folks are the source of the most serious charges in the BusinessWeek article. To recap, ADEQ contends… read more →

TreeHugger takes a peek at Tontitown

If you're not sick of Tontitown yet, check out TreeHugger's great interview with Wes Muir from Waste Management, the developer of the landfill gas project that was criticized by BusinessWeek. The interview covers some of the same ground we've covered in our project review site, but in a vastly more readable form. Wes reiterates two key points about the Tontitown… read more →

Tontitown: the regulatory test

The regulatory test is the big hurdle for Tontitown. Regulatory compulsion is a death knell for additionality. Although it is indisputably true that Waste Management was under no strict requirement to implement a methane flaring system, it is also true that WM used the methane flaring system to correct a groundwater contamination problem that it was under pressure to fix.… read more →

Review process and review panel

With the addition of Dan Kammen, our review panel is now complete. Dr. Kammen is a professor in the Energy and Resources Group, Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding Director of the Renewable… read more →

Tontitown: the financial test

One of the most intuitively appealing additionality tests is also among the most controversial with environmental policy types. The financial test asks whether the revenue from carbon offsets are enough to tip the budgetary scales so that a money-losing project becomes breakeven or profitable. Deep down, this is what most of us believe additionality is all about. If wind energy… read more →
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