We urgently need to improve landfill gas management in EU
The green transition in the landfill is struggling as high amounts of methane gasses are emitted into the atmosphere
Wednesday 20 December 2023
Did you know that organic waste in landfills produces landfill gas containing a strong greenhouse gas known as methane and that landfills accounts for 18% of man-made methane emission in the EU? Since 1999, the European Landfill Directive is supposed to regulate these emissions but still - almost 25 years later - more than 60% of the methane produced at European landfills is emitted to the atmosphere. This is due to lack of enforcement of the Directive. We do not need another review of the Directive, but a general significant improvement of the landfill gas management across European landfills. We have long known how this should be addressed including: Initial site identification and source quantification, utilizing energy and the use of upgrade technologies.
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