New project available for public comment

Written by terrapass


We present to your our latest project for public review. The Tri-Community Landfill, located in Fort Fairfield, Maine, installed an active gas management system in 2008. Captured gas is destroyed in an open flare. Because the landfill is too small and remote to find an end use for the landfill gas, revenue from carbon credits represents the only income source to the project.

Please check out our project information report and send any comments or questions to [email protected]. The comment period will close on April 17, 2009.

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  1. sj

    Wow, so TerraPass is proudly reducing carbon emissions by…paying for a landfill to burn methane? Okay, I think I get it the purpose here, but this is *REALLY* underwhelming. I mean, this doesn’t reduce carbon emissions at all, right? We’re just converting methane to CO2, CO and other compounds, but not actually reducing the amount of carbon being released…or is my understanding of combustion off here?

  2. Adam Stein

    Your understanding of combustion is correct, but you also need to consider the climate effects of different greenhouse gases.
    Methane is a greenhouse gas approximately 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. So burning it reduces its contribution to climate change by about 95%.
    Further, the carbon dioxide released from burning landfill gas is considered part of the natural carbon cycle, because it comes from organic matter. That is, additional CO2 isn’t being added to atmosphere, as happens when fossil fuels are burned. Rather, the released CO2 was first absorbed from the atmosphere by plants, and is now being re-emitted as those plants decompose.

  3. sj

    Thanks, your reply clarifies this significantly.