Brazil: NovaGerar Landfill Gas to Energy Project
(The Netherlands CDM Facility)
UNFCCC Reference No.: 0008
The NovaGerar project collects methane in landfill gas from two dumpsites in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The project is comprised of a gas collection system, leachate drainage system and a modular electricity generation plant at each landfill site (with expected final total capacity of 12 megawatts), as well as a generator compound at each site. The generators combust the methane in the landfill gas to produce electricity for export to the grid. Excess landfill gas, and all gas collected during periods when electricity is not produced, is to be flared. The Program Design document noted combustion and flaring together are expected to reduce emissions of 11.8 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over the next 21 years.
In addition, the project will lead to emission reductions attributable to the displacement of grid electricity, but these reductions will not be claimed by NovaGerar. By collecting and combusting landfill gas, the NovaGerar project’s sanitary landfills will reduce both global and local environmental effects of uncontrolled releases of pollutant gases.
¹Project descriptions are current as of project inception.