Research and analysis

Landfill methane oxidation techniques

Provides evidence on selecting appropriate methane oxidation techniques over the whole life cycle of a landfill

Documents

Landfill methane oxidation techniques: summary

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Landfill methane oxidation techniques: report

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Details

This project provides evidence on selecting appropriate methane oxidation techniques over the whole life cycle of a landfill.

When waste is disposed of in a landfill it biodegrades and produces a gas. This landfill gas is mainly made up of carbon dioxide and methane. Methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and the climate change impact of landfilling is reduced by capturing the landfill gas and oxidising the methane to carbon dioxide.

The project provides a framework within which evidence-based decisions can be made on the appropriate methane oxidation techniques at each stage of a landfill’s life-cycle. This will enable landfill operators and regulators to ensure the continued oxidation of landfill methane and so will help to mitigate the climate change impact of landfill.

Published 10 October 2017