COP 28 for Global Stocktake

USA for satellite tracking systems to locate methane emissions from landfills

Dipl.-Ing.(TU) Werner P. Bauer

With reference to the Global Methane Pledge, US President Joe Biden has committed the USA to reducing methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 (based on 2020). This also includes the introduction of satellite tracking systems to locate major methane emissions, a NASA technology used to detect also methane emissions from landfills.

For a better understanding it is useful to know what the U.S. METHANE EMISSIONS REDUCTION ACTION PLAN aims for:
"This U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan focuses on cutting pollution here at home from the largest sources of methane emissions in the United States. It uses all available tools—commonsense regulations, catalytic financial incentives, transparency and disclosure of actionable data, and public and private partnerships—to identify and reduce methane emissions. These cost-effective actions will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut leaks, waste, and consumer costs, protect workers and communities, maintain and create high-quality, union-friendly jobs, and promote U.S. innovation and manufacturing of critical new technologies.” "The Action Plan includes a number of critical and commonsense steps to tackle methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, which currently represents the largest source of industrial emissions of methane" and also "takes aim at methane emissions from landfills—the second largest industrial source of methane:
• Building on efforts earlier this year to put in place an enforceable federal backstop plan to ensure emissions reductions from large municipal landfills, EPA is ramping up an initiative to reduce the food loss and waste that serves as a major contributor to landfill methane emissions.
• EPA is also boosting its voluntary landfill methane outreach program to achieve a national goal of 70% methane emissions capture for all landfills around the country."
I bow my head to this enormous effort to bring the social transformation to life. I am confident that the engineers are utilizing the findings of the University of Illinois, Chicago and the University of California-Irvine about Californian Landfills, which specifically highlighted the limitations of capturing gas from large landfills and investigated gas flux under different surface seals.
In order to achieve the overarching plans of the Biden-Harris government, it may also be beneficial to consider alternative approaches, such as those shown in the following case study: AVA (Waste Treatment Augsburg), Germany - Energetic and Material Recycling Under One Roof Leads to Considerable Synergies. Here landfills are cosed and the reciprocal supplementation and interaction of the plant components result in extremely positive synergies.
The transformation of society is a mammoth task for every country on earth. If governments recognize and also implement what they can do, we will be able to mitigate climate heating and perhaps even limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The Global WtERT Council will be present in Dubai with its representatives from the United Arab Emirates and Brazil to ensure that the players at COP 28 are also aware of these methane detection opportunities. Their intention will be to address the above mentioned opportunities and to hand over a letter to His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, COP 28 President Designate with the subject: Urging Policymakers to Address Methane Emissions in the Waste Management Sector.


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