Semarnat, Canadian ministry ink landfill gas deal

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mexican environment authority Semarnat has signed an agreement with Canada's environment ministry to make use of biogas generated at sanitary landfills, according to a release.

With the help of the Canadian government, Mexico aims to reduce methane emissions from landfills by capturing the gas for electricity generation.

The agreement formalizes work carried out between the two governments on the Bio-Cancún waste-to-energy project, which uses organic waste from various municipalities in Cancún to generate electricity from methane gas.

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Authorities will now look to extend the Bio-Cancún project to other parts of the country.

The agreement also includes strategies to deal with overall waste management and identify opportunities and technologies to reduce emissions.