Converting Methane Into Clean Energy

Capturing planet-warming methane gas for clean energy and emissions reductions.

Location
Mare Chicose, Mauritius
Category
Reduction

About this Project

Decarbonizing the power sector is something needed around the world. As a small island developing economy in need of a local energy source, Mauritius is a perfect place to introduce cleaner energy alternatives.

The Mare Chicose landfill project collects and flares landfill gas and generates clean electricity. By capturing the methane being released from the landfill, this project is supplying Mauritius with clean, renewable energy instead of shipping in dirty coal.

The project activity involves the installation of an active landfill gas collection system, an enclosed flare system, and a modular electricity generation system. Vertical wells spaced 40M apart are drilled into the landfill to enable maximum extraction of the gas. Funds from this project are used to create a more efficient gas collection system than required by law, including wells, piping, and intermediary gas collection stations. Funds from carbon are also used to create an electrical plant in order to generate electricity from landfill gas, which allows the island nation to avoid importing fossil fuels for energy.

This is the only landfill site on Mauritius Island, an island threatened by rising seas due to climate change and located off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. It is a large-scale, active landfill that has been operational since 1997 and has approximately 7.9 million tonnes of waste in place as of November 2018. It receives 530,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Why We Picked This Project

This project provides additional carbon revenues to create a sustainable energy source from methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By reducing the demand for coal-fired power plant grid electricity, overall, this project also reduces related coal use by about 13,000 tonnes per year as well as diesel-generated electricity, helping Mauritius to achieve energy independence.

This project supports technology transfer to a small island developing state and energy independence. Highly reliant on revenues from the sale of carbon credits, this project is truly additional.

Our Assessment of this Project

Standards & Certifications

  • Clean Development Mechanism, Flaring or use of landfill gas --- Version 19.0

Project Developer

Timeline

Mar 2012 - Project registered

Project registered with the Clean Development Mechanism

Dec 2013 - First credits issued

First credits issued from project

Mar 2019 - 7th monitoring period ends

Monitoring period Jan 2018 - Mar 2019 ends

Sep 2020 - Monitoring report issued

Report issued from the 7th monitoring period

Jun 2021 - Credits issued

2018 vintage credits issued

Benefits & Impact

Co-Benefits

  • Handling the gas properly prevents landfill gas explosions.

  • Reduces odor and the subsequent health risks, such as asphyxiation, associated with concentrated landfill gas.

  • Training to other surrounding countries in landfill gas management.

  • Measuring methane emissions reductions provides a highly accurate estimate of a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions pre and post baseline.

  • Transfer of technology for the landfill program from Europe to Mauritius.

Sustainable Development Goals

This project supports the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Good Health and Well-beingAffordable and Clean EnergyDecent Work and Economic GrowthClimate Action

Additional Information

Vintage

2018

Additionality Summary

Revenues from the sale of carbon credits fund the collection of fugitive methane emissions and the generation of electricity from its combustion. This activity would not have been possible without the carbon project.