Landfill Methane

Landfill Methane Capture and Destruction projects capture and destroy methane (CH4) at solid waste landfills. Emissions reductions are determined based on avoided fugitive methane emissions that would have occurred at the landfill in the absence of the offset project, and are calculated based on metered methane collected from the landfill and destroyed through combustion by a flare, industrial combustion, or electric generation.

To qualify for the award of CO2 offset allowances, landfill methane offset projects may not occur at landfills that are subject to the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for municipal solid waste landfills.  Other significant regulatory requirements also apply to project eligibility.

For more information, please consult the applicable state regulations.

Parties evaluating potential offset projects in multiple RGGI states should also consult the Model Rule, which forms the basis for the development of individual state regulations.  Note that the Model Rule is provided for informational purposes only, and state regulations apply.

Application Process and Model Materials

For more details on the application process, including relevant state offset project application instructions and materials, please see the Application Process page.

For additional context, draft model template application materials are provided below. These served as the basis for developing materially consistent state-specific offset project application and submittal materials. They are provided for informational purposes only and should not be submitted to RGGI States.