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Rescue Methane Capture Projects

July 31, 2013
The Footprint Newsletter
Dear Supporter,

You make our projects work. Your carbon offset purchases provide a vital, and sometimes the only, funding source for our projects. These funds help pay for mission-critical operating expenses such as maintenance of a gas collection and control system (GCCS) at a landfill. Without proper maintenance, monitoring, and investment, these systems tend to break down over time and capture less methane—a greenhouse gas that’s 21x more powerful than carbon dioxide.

Over the past year, we have learned about projects at several U.S. landfills that have stopped maintaining their GCCS due to a lack of support for their carbon offsets. This is a genuine problem. According to the U.S. EPA, landfill methane emissions account for more than 100 million metrics tons of carbon annually in the U.S. alone. That’s the equivalent of over 20 million cars.

Some environmentalists ask: why doesn’t the EPA require landfills to capture methane? The answer is that they do, at least at large landfills, which are typically situated near major urban areas. Small to mid-size landfills are not required to capture methane, and they tend to be located in rural and semi-rural areas without the financial resources to implement and operate GCCS’s. That’s where TerraPass and carbon offsets come in.[1]

Fortunately, TerraPass-sponsored landfill gas projects have continued to enjoy our collective support. But we want to do more. Implementing a GCCS can cost up to $1 million or more and tens of thousands of dollars each year to operate and maintain. Help us rescue some failing projects—and build new ones—through the purchase of carbon offsets, and invite your friends to join us in the fight against climate change.

In the meantime, thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Mark Mondik, Managing Director

[1] It is important to note that landfills that are required by law to capture methane gas are not eligible to produce carbon offsets.

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