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)
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).