New York State Landfill Methane Project

New York State Landfill Methane Project

Location: Rodman, New York
Project type: Methane Destruction
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol
Verification/Validation: First Environment, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Waste management
  • Odor control and less localized air pollution
  • Reduction of local water pollution

Community Benefits

  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created

Project Description

The New York State Landfill Methane Project serves the counties of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Hamilton and in addition, destroys the methane emitted by a landfill by converting it into carbon dioxide and heat. Additional plans for the Project include capturing the waste heat and using it to warm a local greenhouse along with providing alternative energy.

The destruction of methane from such projects is important in the fight against global climate change because methane is approximately 23 times more efficient as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. One of the real concerns about climate change is that as the frozen tundra of areas such as Siberia and Northern Canada melt, an enormous amount of methane- which was previously trapped in the permafrost- will be released into our atmosphere.