Methane is one of the most important greenhouse gases and is besides carbon dioxide the gas with the largest impact on the greenhouse effect if water vapor is not included. Methane has a Global Warming Potential of 34 on a timespan of 100 years, i.e. methane is a 34 times more aggressive greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide according to IPCC’S 5th Assessment Report. The concentration of methane in the atmosphere has more than doubled in the last hundred years and landfills are the third largest (16%) emitter of anthropogenic methane after fossil fuel production, distribution and combustion (33%) and livestock farming (27%).
Utilizing landfill gas for energy purposes provides several benefits for the Baltic Sea region and the EU’s Eastern Partnership. The emissions from the landfills are reduced, the extracted landfill gas replaces fossil fuels and indigenous low quality waste is transformed into a high quality fuel contributing to the security of supply and diversification of the energy system.
Experiences and results of landfill gas management and utilization in Lithuania, Poland and Sweden will together with the policy framework be compiled in a ISSN numbered Best Practice and Lessons Learned report. The findings will be presented at the LFG Baltic seminar arranged in collaboration with REGATEC 2019.
Landfill gas experts and researchers from the Baltic Sea Region and the Eastern Partnership will be invited for oral and visual presentations at the LFG Baltic Seminar.