At a time when China is trying to balance economy and environment, a large number of emission reduction measures are being implemented with the help of carbon finance.

With China’s growing cities and economy, not only is supply of energy becoming a logistic challenge but also waste disposal and its implications. One example is the decomposition of organic materials in landfills, which generates large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times stronger than CO₂.

To keep it from damaging our climate and make use of its potential as an energy source, a project was set up to install modern technologies and train workers. Today, the landfill gas collection is providing a local energy supply in a sustainable way. At the same time, the project benefits the locals and is engaged in further positive developments, e.g. by supporting education in the region.

Technically, the project is a combination project including landfill gas collection, with wells and pipes reaching deep underground the now covered landfill. The methane is then fed into gas processing systems and finally burnt in four incineration units, each with an installed capacity of 1.25 MW. In the end, the generated electricity is fed into the grid to supply the inhabitants of Suzhou City.

The project owner built a recreational park next to the area, and an expansion is planned once the landfill works are completed. As a result, an area that was avoided by locals due to pungent odors, now becomes an outdoor location the local population can enjoy.

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