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Nanning Landfill Gas Power

Reducing landfill emissions while increasing sustainable energy in China


Increasing energy output while decreasing emissions and dealing with the country's growing stream of waste are huge and complex challenges for China, the world's largest consumer goods economy. Over the last decade, the volume of waste generated in the country has been continuously increasing, reaching a record high 242 million tons reaching landfills in 2019. This waste, when left out in the open, produces harmful methane emissions, a potent gas 25 times as strong as carbon dioxide.


Sustainable Development Goals

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

36,000 MWh  

of electricity generated on average per year from the captured landfill gas  

8. Decent work and economic growth

12 employment opportunities created  

related to the management, operation and maintenance of the power plant  

13. Climate Action

231,000 tonnes of CO2e  

mitigated on average annually  

The Solution

This project located in Xingning District, Nanning City aims to deal with China's waste and emission issues by capturing methane released by landfill waste and converting it into renewable electricity. The energy produced is transferred to the South China grid, powering homes and businesses throughout the region. Additionally, the project replaces energy that would otherwise have been generated by fossil fuels, reducing emissions from multiple angles.

Image credit: Unsplash
Image credit: Unsplash

The Impact

From an environmental perspective, this project has many benefits, including the reduction of greenhouse gases both that are produced from dumped waste and generated from the burning of fossil fuels. From a socio-economic perspective, the project promotes novel interventions in dealing with waste emissions and boosts the sustainable job sector in tandem.

Project ID: 303348
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