Assistance for renewal of the credit period of the CDM project at the landfill biogas extraction plan El Inga I and II
The project, promoted by the Metropolitan Public Company Integral Solid Waste Management in Quito (Ecuador) and GASGREEN S.A., involves the extraction of biogas produced by waste collected in the landfill for subsequent combustion in seven renewable electricity generation units. The resulting electricity is fed to the National Interconnected System in Ecuador.
The total installed capacity is 8 MW, allowing the generation of 61,000 MWh/year of renewable energy that results in reduced emissions into the atmosphere of 163,000 tons of CO2e per year.
In addition to reducing emissions, work carried out contributes to sustainable development. Sanitation conditions for landfill staff and the people living in the vicinity of the landfill has also improved, significantly reducing odour in the same and in its environment, and reducing the risk of explosion and fire in the waste deposited.
The project was registered as a *Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dated January 8, 2011 and, after completing his first credit term, everis Ingeniería has provided consulting to GASGREEN S.A. on renewing the period for another 7 years.
To do this, our team has:
- Notified UNFCCC of the intention to renew the credit period;
- Managed with the Ecuador Ministry of Environment and Water to obtain the Letter of Authorization of the new project participants;
- Updated the project design document, including:
- the study of applicability of the current version of the methodology with which the plan (ACM0001 version 11) was recorded,
- the adaptation of technical components described in the original specification to the implemented real-world situation,
- the demonstration of the validity of the project baseline,
- the updating of legal requirements applicable to the project
- the modification of the monitoring plan and associated parameters according to the new requirements established by the latest versions of the methodology and application tools,
- the calculation of Ecuador’s electricity grid emission factor by 2018 according to the criteria of the latest version of the “Tool to calculate the emission factor for an electricity system”,
- the ex-ante calculation of emission reductions generated during the new credit period,
- the management of the revalidation process by a Designated Operational Entity (DOE) accredited by UNFCCC.
*Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is one of the three flexible mechanisms established under the Kyoto Protocol to allow projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in developing countries to generate Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) that can be used in industrialized countries to meet part of their emission reduction targets.