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Winchester Landfill Gas Project

Changing pollutant landfills into clean, renewable energy


Over 60% of the USA's energy is still generated by fossil fuels. As the country’s population and economy grow, so does its demand for energy and goods. Not only does this pose the challenge of keeping up with a sustainable energy supply, but also recognising the negative implications of ever-growing landfill sites. One issue of this is the decomposition of organic matter in landfills, which generates large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than CO2.

United States

Sustainable Development Goals

3. Good Health and Well-Being

Reduction of harmful landfill gas

helps improve the health of 4,300 people who live within 2 mile radius of the project location

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

14,000 MWh

of sustainable energy produced utilizing LFG

8. Decent work and economic growth

10 temporary jobs and 2 permanent jobs

created by the project

12. Responsible consumption and production

1,000 tonnes of CH4

used sustainably, rather than being emitted into the atmosphere

13. Climate Action

61,000 tonnes of CO2e

mitigated on average each year

The Solution

Located 80 miles west of Washington DC, the project activity is twofold: upgrading and expanding the landfill gas operating system; and installing new generators to repurpose methane emissions into renewable energy. This both effectively manages waste disposal and supplies clean, green electricity to the national grid.


The Impact

The project is vital for keeping methane from heating the atmosphere and making use of its potential as a sustainable energy source. It also benefits the local community, with 12 jobs created for local workers and the reduction in air pollution improving the health of over 4,000 people who live close to the project area. Finally, 40 acres of land around the site has been protected from human intervention, further enhancing biodiversity and the conservation of our planet.

Project ID: 302091
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