Landfill Gas Destruction and Beneficial Use Projects
The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, has approved a methodology for the generation of carbon offsets from Landfill Gas Destruction and Beneficial Use Projects. The Methodology was developed by ACR with technical support from the US EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program.
The collection and combustion of landfill gas (LFG) is an effective method for reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that would have otherwise been vented to the atmosphere. The ACR methodology provides the quantification and accounting frameworks, including eligibility and monitoring requirements for the creation of carbon offset credits from the reductions in GHG emissions resulting from the destruction or utilization of landfill gas at eligible U.S. landfills.
The Methodology is intended to be used as an incentive to increase the below activities and utilizes a flexible additionality framework which is based on either a performance standard or ACR’s three-pronged additionality test.
Projects that reduce methane emissions as a result of the combustion or beneficial use of LFG in any of the following activities are considered a “project activity” under the Methodology:
1) The destruction of landfill gas in an eligible flare;
2) The conversion of landfill gas in a turbine, boiler or generator to energy;
3) The enhancement of landfill gas for injection into a natural gas pipeline; and
4) The enhancement of landfill gas for use in fleet vehicles, trucks and cars.