Agriculture
Biochar Livestock Sustainable Agriculture
Energy Supply
CHP & Energy Recovery Renewable Energy Transmission, Distribution & Storage
Forestry
Sustainable Forestry
Industry
Building Materials CO2 Removal Industrial Energy Use
Buildings
Energy Efficiency
Transport
Aviation Road Transport Shipping
Waste
Landfill Gas Recovery & Waste to Energy Recycling & Waste Reduction Waste Water & Sewage

You are here

  1. Home
  2. > Sectors
  3. > Waste
  4. > Landfill Gas Recovery & Waste to Energy
CLOSE

As waste decomposes it releases methane gas, which can be captured and used to generate energy.

Overview

There are several wastes that can be incinerated to generate energy, often resulting in a net reduction in emissions. There are a number of challenges that impede greater implementation of landfill gas recovery and waste-to-energy systems, including regulatory and technical issues. Waste to energy in particular faces a crisis of perception (many view waste incineration as polluting, when in fact it is usually the opposite), competition with landfills where land is abundant, and high upfront costs of building an incineration plant.

Opportunities

There is a great deal of opportunity for landfill gas recovery and waste to energy systems to reduce emissions from waste streams, and to generate revenues for companies implementing such systems. There are active markets for both capturing and using landfill gas and landfill emissions in developed countries.

A number of technology solutions for both material and water waste, including collection and transport, reuse and recycling, and treatment exist. Identifying ways to finance these projects will unlock technology markets.

Help us continue our research and identify opportunities; join our Waste LinkedIn group to engage with our community and download our waste management report.

There is no Planet B™
Carbon War Room in association with Elsevier Biofuel TechSelect Go to the Carbon War Room website