Chevy Carbon Stories: Rockingham Landfill Project – “From Garbage to Energy”

| December 13, 2011

“Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is one of mankind’s greatest responsibilities,” said Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, futurist, and presenter of the Carbon Stories web video series. “Creative carbon stories – like turning harmful emissions into energy – are everywhere.”

Americans create over 200 million tons of trash each year. As garbage in landfills decomposes, it creates a gas that is half methane. Methane gas is an organic byproduct of decomposing waste and burns similar to natural gas, which has 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Instead of letting the gas escape into the air,  landfill gas projects used to collect the gas and destroy it through flaring but many are now capturing and using the gas to power electric generators or boilers. Thus garbage is turned into energy.  A typical municipal landfill can supply enough gas to generate electricity for at least 20 years.

Another Carbon Reduction initiative used by Chevrolet involves the Rockingham County Landfill gas project.

“Our investment in the Rockingham project fortifies our support of community-based carbon-reduction initiatives,” said Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy. “It’s fulfilling to back organizations working toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Rockingham County (Virginia) Landfill’s methane capture and use project. The Project consists of two stages. Stage one (1) of the Project is the installation of an active gas collection system. Here the gas captured from this system is flared, thereby converting methane to biogenic CO2. Stage two (2) of the Project involves the implementation of a beneficial use project whereby the captured biogas is transported by pipeline approximately 2.5 miles to the Rockingham (Virginia) Memorial Hospital (RMH) where it will fuel boilers that produce steam, heat and electricity for the Hospital’s use. RMH is a LEED certified facility and one of the first hospitals to utilize landfill gas for the vast majority of their fuel needs.

Destroying landfill gasses also helps to reduce odors and other hazards associated with Landfill Gas emissions, and it helps prevent methane from migrating into the atmosphere and contributing to local smog and global climate change.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there is approximately 480 operational landfill gas to energy projects in the United States, as well as an additional 130 projects currently under construction or in development.

You can contribute to Chevrolet’s carbon-reduction initiative by planting a virtual tree on their Facebook walls. For each tree planted up to 175,000, Chevrolet, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation, will plant a real tree in a U.S. forest next year.

Rockingham County Landfill gas project is just one of 16 new projects, Chevrolet will be investing over the next few years, that will help reduce up to 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Every carbon-reducing project Chevrolet invests in will be based in the United States, and each will be focused in one of three areas: renewable energy, energy efficiency programs, and forestry (including conservation). Chevrolet has chosen projects they believe will make a lasting difference in communities across the country. Progress is already underway, and Chevrolet estimates it will take up to five years to achieve the initial goal. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but every project is a step in the right direction.

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The Go Green Guy – “Clean Energy from Garbage, that’s what I’m talking about!”

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