Support Waste to Energy Programs in Developing Countries

Target: Gina McCarthy, Global Methane Initiative – Steering Committee

Goal: Encourage more developing countries to launch waste-to-energy programs

In a process called landfill gas production, power-generating facilities can use methane from decomposing garbage to create electricity. Reducing carbon emissions and improving waste management, this idea could be put to good use in developing countries, but has yet to catch on in many areas. Urge the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) to encourage more developing countries to join its ranks and start turning trash into clean energy.

Although landfill gas (LFG) companies have yet to appear in many undeveloped countries, one such enterprise is thriving in the Philippines. Built on the side of a landfill in Quezon City, Pangea Green Energy Philippines turns the 1,800 tons of waste dumped there each day into electricity – some of which is free for community use. In this process, methane from the decomposing waste is sucked through pipes dug into the landfill and pumped into generators to make electricity. In addition to turning a profit, the company is keeping methane from contaminating nearby water systems and reducing direct air pollution. According to a company estimate, the facility is reducing CO2 emissions by over 100,000 tons each year.

The organization we have to thank for spreading the word about LFG energy is the Global Methane Initiative (GMI). GMI’s goal is to create a global network providing its member countries with the information and resources necessary to develop methane reduction projects. With 42 countries on board, GMI is achieving its goal, but many countries struggling with waste management and methane emissions have yet to join.

Few Middle-Eastern countries, and only four African countries are members of GMI. In order to reduce world emissions and avert a global warming catastrophe, we need as many clean energy facilities as we can get, and the non-member countries in these areas could benefit greatly from landfill gas. Urge GMI to reach out to Africa and the Middle East so that they too may turn their waste problems into clean energy solutions.


Dear Gina McCarthy,

Over the years, the Global Methane Initiative has made great strides in reducing methane emissions across the globe. GMI’s fostering of green programs for wastewater management, agriculture, and municipal solid waste have made a big difference in member countries, but the organization must keep reaching out to non-members.

GMI has very few members from Africa and parts of the Middle East. Developing countries in these areas could benefit especially from solid waste programs like landfill gas facilities. With 42 member countries, GMI’s global network is a powerful force in the fight against global warming and air pollution, but there is still significant room for expansion. I urge you to encourage GMI to reach out to countries in Africa and the Middle East so that they too may turn their waste problems into clean energy solutions.


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