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Veolia Brazil produces renewable electricity from landfill gas

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Veolia has started renewable electricity production through biogas valorisation on its landfill sites in Brazil.

The company brought on-stream three new thermoelectric power plants in Brazil located in Iperó, Sao Paulo and Biguacu, in three of its sanitary landfills in the country.

The units will produce 12,400 kW (12.4 MW) of renewable electricity from biogas produced by the decomposition of organic waste, meeting the energy needs of around 42,000 inhabitants.

Converting this previously unused biogas into energy contributes to better recovery of waste and, therefore, strengthens the operations’ ecological impact, said Veolia. The firm is also focusing on the valorisation of this energy resource to increase the share of renewable energy in the electricity mix and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

By 2021, the biogas capture at Veolia’s landfills in Brazil will prevent 45,000 tons of methane from entering the atmosphere – around 1.26 million tons of CO2e.

“As a world leader in ecological transformation, Veolia is committed to maximising the energy recovery of the biogas produced on its sites with a circular economy approach and contributing to the mitigation of climate change,” said Pedro Pradanos, CEO of Veolia Brazil.

“In Brazil, the acceleration of water stress should stimulate the search for alternative models. We are convinced that the interest of cities and industries in stable sources of renewable energy, such as biogas will grow and we will be there to support this trend.”

Pradanos added that Veolia is also studying other solutions for biogas upgrading, in particular through the production of biomethane that can be used in the natural gas network, or as an automotive fuel.