Xinyang Landfill Gas Gold Standard Project

Xinyang Landfill Gas Gold Standard Project

Landfill gas recovery for power generation

Climate action project development

Key facts

  • Location
    Xinyang City, Henan Province, China
  • Project Type
    Renewable energy – Landfill Gas
  • Annual GHG Emissions Reduction
    42,000 t CO2e
  • Project Standard
    Gold Standard
  • Project IDs
  • Status
    Registered and with issuance of GS VERs


China has environmental regulations in place to deal with the management of landfills and to encourage utilization of landfill gas (LFG). However, due to a lack of environmental technology know-how, in China the municipal refuse is mainly still disposed using the technology of traditional landfill, without consideration of recovery and utilization of landfill methane.

It is estimated that the annual quantity of municipal refuse filled is about 50 million tons. As nearly all landfills – except several recently built new landfills – are not equipped with landfill gas recovery mechanisms, enormous amounts of landfill methane are emitted into the atmosphere.

Project Description

The Xinyang MSW Landfill Site LFG Recovery to Power Project aims to recover and destroy landfill gas generated at the municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill site located in Xinyang city, Henan province (China). The collected LFG will be used for electricity production.

Xinyang landfill site started operation at the end of 2007 and is expected to be in operation for 13 years. The landfill is designed with acceptance capacity of 1.4 million tonnes. Degassing pipes have been installed on the landfill site for safety reasons only and since no LFG collection and/or destruction facilities existed prior to the proposed project activity, the baseline scenario without the project envisaged the release of LFG directly into the atmosphere.

The project will deploy a gas collection, transmitting and pre-treatment system as well as gas engines with a capacity of 2 MW. The recovered LFG will be combusted in the gas engines to produce electricity which will be fed into the Central China Power Grid (CCPG) afterwards. GHG emission reductions will be claimed from both methane recovery and the replacement of electricity mainly generated by the utilization of fossil fuels

It is estimated that during the 10 years crediting period the project activity will destroy 21,259 tons of methane and replace 117,000 MWh of electricity otherwise generated via fossil fuel combustion: this corresponds to a potential GHG reduction of approximately 420,000 t CO2e.

Services provided

  • Pre-feasibility Study
  • Registration under Gold Standard
  • Monitoring and Issuance of carbon credits

Sustainable development goals MORE DETAILS

Good Health and Well-being

Good Health and Well-being

The project reduces air pollution by destroying LFG which contains H2S, thus avoiding unbearable H2S odours. As a consequence, the living conditions of the neighborhood are improved considerably.
Affordable and Clean Energy

Affordable and Clean Energy

By replacing Central China Power Grid (CCPG) electricity based on fossil fuel use, the project allows to reduce China’s dependency on fossil energy sources and contributes to stabilizing power supply for businesses and private households in the project area.
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

The project activity has created 15 new posts for local residents during construction and operation of the power plant. Furthermore, the LFG project reduces potential dangers of fire and explosion on the landfill site by recovering and utilizing the LFG. This enhances the safety conditions of the landfill site.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

By promoting LFG recovery and utilization, the project provides a successful demonstration project for this technology in China.
Climate Action

Climate Action

During the 10 years crediting period, the project will destroy 14,500 tons of methane and replace 177,000 MWh of electricity otherwise generated via fossil fuel combustion: this results in a potential GHG reduction of approximately 440,000 tCO2e.

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