Methane extraction from landfill (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3187
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Has any research been carried out into the potential methane that could be extracted from London's operational and filled landfill sites for conversion into bio fuels, for electrical or heat generation?

Answer

Answer for Methane extraction from landfill (1)

Answer for Methane extraction from landfill (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Within the draft replacement London Plan, currently out to consultation, Table 5.1 'Targets for installed energy capacity generated from renewables' sets out the potential electricity contribution from methane extracted from London's operational landfill sites to 2025. Methane extracted from these landfill sites is expected to contribute 7MWe of London's renewable energy capacity each year until 2025. This is equivalent to providing electricity to about 1700 homes each year.

I am not aware of any research on the potential methane that could be extracted from London's filled landfill sites for conversion to bio fuels or for electricity or heat generation. My waste strategy will support the extraction of methane from London's landfill sites for conversion into biofuels, and to generate heat and electricity.