White House introduces methane reduction plan
The White House has released its Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions under the President’s Climate Action Plan. It addresses methane from landfills, agriculture, coal mines and oil and gas operations.
With regard to landfills, the White House indicated the U.S. EPA will proposed updated standards this year to reduce methane from new landfills. Comments will also be accepted on whether standards for existing landfills should be updated. In addition, the EPA will aim to reduce landfill gas emission through voluntary programs via its Landfill Methane Outreach Program. This includes landfill gas-to-energy projects.
The plan also addresses anaerobic digestion systems. In June, the USDA, EPA and U.S. DOE, in partnership with the dairy industry, are scheduled to release a Biogas Roadmap that outlines voluntary strategies to accelerate the adoption of methane digesters and other technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the U.S. diary sector by 25 percent by 2020.