City reduce landfill greenhouse gas emissions
City of Albany 28 Mar 2024

Published on Thursday, 28 March 2024 at 2:03:26 PM

Greenhouse gases will be captured and destroyed at Hanrahan Road Waste Facility thanks to an agreement with environmental services company LMS Energy (LMS) to reduce methane emissions.

The City of Albany is making progress towards a more sustainable future by partnering with methane abatement company LMS to install an innovative biogas system at the site.

Once installed, the system extracts and destroys methane, a potent greenhouse gas that naturally forms as organic matter decomposes in the landfill.

The long-term contract signed with LMS aims to destroy up to 850,000 cubic metres of methane each year, which is the equivalent of removing 7,500 average Australian cars from the road per year or growing 300,000 trees across a 10-year period.

LMS Energy’s Group Manager for Clients, Jason Dockerill, said methane destruction at landfills is an important climate strategy because methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas.

“Methane is 28 times more damaging than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere,” Mr Dockerill said.

“A series of wells will be drilled and installed throughout the landfill site to extract harmful greenhouse gases such as methane. A system of pipes will then transport the methane to LMS Energy’s industry-leading biogas flare, where they’re safely destroyed.

“The flare will be engineered and manufactured in-house by LMS. Without this, the methane would primarily be released into the atmosphere.”

Mayor of Albany Greg Stocks said it will be the first time greenhouse gas emissions have been captured at the Hanrahan Waste Facility landfill site.

“The City’s landfill site receives 30,000 tonnes of waste each year where a portion of this is made up of organic matter which will eventually decompose and produce methane,” Mayor Stocks said.

“City of Albany is doing its bit to reduce its carbon footprint and help curb methane emissions and slow the rate of global warming.

“Together, we are working to reduce the environmental impact of waste and preserve our planet for generations to come.”

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