Republic Services and energy partners Aria Energy and bp announced the startup of a landfill-gas-to-renewable-natural-gas project at South Shelby Landfill, in Tennessee, one of 189 active, modern-day landfills managed by Republic Services. Aria operates the project, processing and purifying biogas from the landfill into biomethane. bp will transport the biofuel into the interstate natural gas pipeline grid and market it to renewable energy customers. This is Aria and bp’s fourth biomethane project at a Republic Services landfill.
“The South Shelby renewable natural gas project upholds our ongoing commitment to converting low carbon fuel sources like landfill gas into clean, useful renewable energy for vehicles, homes and businesses,” said Richard DiGia, Aria Energy president and CEO.
With a production capacity of 4,000 MMBtu per day, the South Shelby facility can produce the equivalent of nearly 33,250 gallons of gasoline daily. Across the country, Republic is involved with 69 landfill gas projects. Moreover, the project directly supports Republic’s commitment to send 50% more landfill gas to beneficial reuse by 2030.
The South Shelby biomethane can be used to fuel natural gas vehicle fleets, such as Republic’s refuse collection trucks. “Renewable energy is a key element of our long-term sustainability platform,” commented Pete Keller, Republic Services vice president of recycling and sustainability.
“Expanding our renewable natural gas portfolio supports bp’s ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner since it further reduces the carbon intensity of our products and can help local governments and cities lower their carbon footprint,” added Sean Reavis, senior vice president, bp low carbon trading.
Source: Republic Services