The Center for American Progress (CAP) published an article online this week in which author Matt Kasper discusses the importance of waste-to-energy as a means for the Obama Administration to achieve its goals in reducing methane emissions. CAP asserts that the recent release of the White House’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions is a promising step forward, but that there are more policies that the administration should pursue---such as utilization of waste-to-energy, which will reduce landfill methane emissions and offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated from coal and natural gas power plants. Additionally, states should be allowed to incorporate WTE technology in their implementation plans to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s, or EPA’s, forthcoming carbon-pollution (111(d)) standards. CAP states that when the EPA begins to take public comments on the landfill standards, the use of energy-recovery facilities must be on the agency’s agenda. To read the article, click here. This builds upon a 2013 article published by CAP entitled, "Energy from Waste Can Help Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions."
Darryl Banks, Vice President for Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress, will discuss the opportunities for WTE to reduce GHGs during Session 2 of the North American Waste-to-Energy Conference in Reston, VA on May 8. Please visit www.nawtec.org to register.