Landfill Methane Outreach Program
EPA Climate Partnerships
Learn more about these programs, including LMOP, in the Office of Atmospheric Programs: Climate Protection Partnerships 2012 Annual Report (PDF) (48 pp, 4.5 MB)
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. Annually, EPA recognizes outstanding partners for their work on LFG energy projects.
Achievements in 2012
- Reduced methane emissions from hundreds of U.S. landfills and avoided CO2 emissions totaling approximately 26.3 MMTCO2e in 2012. Over the past 18 years, LMOP has assisted 580 LFG energy projects. The country reached 619 currently operational projects in 2012. The 580 LMOP-assisted projects have collectively reduced and avoided over 215 MMTCO2e since the program began.
- Welcomed 54 new LMOP partners and endorsers, bringing the total to more than 1,050.
- Assisted partners in implementing a variety of projects that use LFG for energy projects across the United States including Anchorage, Alaska; La Crosse County, Wisconsin; St. Landry Parish, Louisiana; and Hickory Ridge Landfill, Georgia.
- Conducted outreach including supporting ribbon-cutting events and participating in and hosting conferences, workshops and webinars to promote methane mitigation activities.
LMOP Annual Emission Reductions (2000-2012)
Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies
Understanding greenhouse gas emission reductions is challenging, so it helps to think of the environmental benefits in terms that are more relatable. Using EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, equivalencies are presented below for the total estimated emissions reductions from LMOP-assisted projects in 2012 (26.3 MMTCO2e).
CO2 emissions from one of the following:
Annual GHG emissions from one of the following:
|9,426,523 tons of waste sent to a landfill|
|1,348,027 garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled|
Carbon sequestered by one of the following:
|674,358,974 tree seedlings grown for 10 years|
|21,557,377 acres of U.S. forests in one year|
|203,073 acres of forests preserved from conversion to cropland in one year|