The Salvador da Bahia Landfill Gas Management Project was one of the first registered CDM projects in the world, and the first project to issue CERs in Brazil. The project is located at Aterro Metropolitano Centro, a landfill that receives more than 3 000 ton of waste per day from the Salvador Metropolitan Area.
The plant started its operations in 2004, flaring landfill gas, and was upgraded to power generation in 2011. Currently it is the second largest landfill gas power plant in Brazil and has issued more than 8 000 000 CERs.
At the power generation plant, the landfill gas is utilized as a renewable fuel for electricity generation in an installed state-of-the-art equipment with a capacity of 20 MW, providing electricity for more than 500 000 people. The remaining landfill gas is combusted under a high temperature flare.
The project promotes significant positive impacts towards sustainable development in Brazil.
First, by collecting and destroying/utilizing landfill gas, it also minimizes the risk of explosions in the landfill site.
Secondly, initiatives of this type remain being not common in Brazil, the implementation and operation of the project activity has represented technology transfer.
Thirdly, while specialized labor and skills are required for implementing and operating the project activity, that represents positive impact in terms of employment and capacity-building in the region.
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