In terms of waste management, Turkey is working hard towards a landfill policy that meets the EU’s strict standards. The result has been greater levels of controlled waste dumping and recycling, which is a good thing. This project ensures that landfills catering for nonrecyclable materials are fitted with special equipment that turns waste into energy by capturing methane. This power is fed into the local grid and decreases the need for electricity generated from fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal.
The project’s landfill is situated in the province of Kocaeli in the Bay of Izmit, some 100 km east of Istanbul. With a surface area of 3 million m2, the landfill is one of the largest in Turkey.
After being transported to the site, household waste is incinerated. The energy this generates is converted into electricity. CO2 emission reductions will be achieved by two means:
- It prevents the emission of methane by turning methane-emitting waste into electricity. Methane is over 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
- Generating electricity from landfill waste take away the need to generate power from fossil fuels.
Climate Neutral Group contributes to this offset project by investing in it through the purchase of carbon credits. This reduces the volume of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. The initiative also provides access to renewable clean energy and carries a Gold Standard certification.