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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 2016

  • Reduced methane emissions from hundreds of U.S. landfills and avoided CO2 emissions totaling approximately 42.5 MMTCO2e in 2016. Over the past 22 years, LMOP has assisted 649 LFG energy projects (the nationwide total of all currently operational projects in 2016 was 648). The 649 LMOP-assisted projects have collectively reduced and avoided more than 427 MMTCO2e since the program began.
  • Welcomed 15 new LMOP Partners and Endorsers.

LMOP Annual Emission Reductions (2000-2016)


Year Methane and CO2 Emissions Reductions (MMTCO2e)
2000 8.80
2001 12.42
2002 15.35
2003 15.69
2004 16.31
2005 16.68
2006 17.57
2007 20.39
2008 21.25
2009 22.93
2010 25.14
2011 27.61
2012 29.56
2013 40.26
2014 39.50
2015 38.88
2016 42.49

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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 2016 (42.5 MMTCO2e).

CO2 emissions from one of the following:

Gasoline iconNearly 4.8 billion gallons of gasoline consumed

Coal iconAbout 46.5 billion pounds of coal burned

Tankers iconMore than 562,000 tanker trucks' worth of gasoline

house iconAbout 4.6 million homes' energy use for one year

lighting iconMore than 6.3 million homes' electricity use for one year

railcar iconMore than 231,000 railcars' worth of coal burned

oil barrel iconNearly 98.4 million barrels of oil consumed

Annual GHG emissions from one of the following:

Garbage Truck iconMore than 14.8 million tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled

Garbage Truck iconMore than 2.1 million garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled

Carbon sequestered by one of the following:

Seedlings iconAbout 1.1 billion tree seedlings grown for 10 years

pinetrees iconMore than 50.0 million acres of U.S. forests in one year

small plants iconNearly 347,000 acres of U.S. forests preserved from conversion to cropland in one year

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