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Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP)

Accomplishments of the Landfill Methane Outreach Program

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Landfill gas (LFG) energy projects prevent direct methane emissions from landfills and reduce indirect CO2 emissions by displacing energy generated from the burning of fossil fuels with LFG, an alternative energy source. Through the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), EPA provides landfill owners and operators a suite of tools and technical resources to help them overcome the obstacles to developing LFG energy projects. LMOP provides technical assistance to both smaller landfills not covered by EPA regulations and larger, regulated operations that are combusting their gas but not yet using it as a clean energy source.

Achievements in 2015

  • Reduced methane emissions from hundreds of U.S. landfills and avoided CO2 emissions totaling approximately 38.9 MMTCO2e in 2015. Over the past 21 years, LMOP has assisted 639 LFG energy projects (the nationwide total of all currently operational projects in 2015 was 642). The 639 LMOP-assisted projects have collectively reduced and avoided more than 384 MMTCO2e since the program began.
  • Welcomed 16 new LMOP Partners and Endorsers, bringing the total to 1,104.

LMOP Annual Emission Reductions (2000-2015)

LMOP Annual Emission Reductions (2000-2015) bar graph

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LMOP Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator logoGreenhouse Gas Equivalencies

It is helpful to think of the environmental benefits of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in more relatable terms. Using EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, equivalencies are presented below for the total estimated emission reductions from LMOP-assisted projects in 2015 (38.9 MMTCO2e).

CO2 emissions from one of the following:

Gasoline iconNearly 4.4 billion gallons of gasoline consumed

Coal iconAbout 41.5 billion pounds of coal burned

Tankers iconAbout 515,000 tanker trucks' worth of gasoline

house iconAbout 4.1 million homes' energy use for one year

lighting iconMore than 5.7 million homes' electricity use for one year

railcar iconMore than 207,000 railcars' worth of coal burned

oil barrel iconNearly 90.1 million barrels of oil consumed

Annual GHG emissions from one of the following:

Garbage Truck iconMore than 12.3 million tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled

Garbage Truck iconNearly 1.8 million garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled


Carbon sequestered by one of the following:

Seedlings iconAbout 1.0 billion tree seedlings grown for 10 years

pinetrees iconMore than 36.8 million acres of U.S. forests in one year

small plants iconAbout 310,000 acres of U.S. forests preserved from conversion to cropland in one year

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