In terms of sustainability, this city is a step forward compared to other locations where the FIFA World Cup is taking place. The organic waste generated at Farroupilha Camp and FIFA Fan Fest will be processed and then turned into biomethane. This fuel will power the truck that collects the garbage during the days of the event in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul.
Locally, biomethane is commercially known as GNVerde, an exclusive brand of the State Gas Company (Sulgás), whose objective is to reduce the emission of pollutants.
The CEO of Sulgás Roberto Tejada considers the initiative as a self-sustainable work that will bring significant benefits to the environment and recycling programs. “We can say that this project is the culmination of sustainability as it completes a renewable circle with a vehicle that runs on the energy generated from the waste itself,” he stated.
According to the CEO of the Municipal Department of Urban Cleaning (DMLU, as in its Portuguese acronym) André Carús, the initiative plays an important educational role in the imminent reduction of CO2 emissions. “It shows the importance of proper waste separation at source. We managed to transform and reuse virtually all waste generated, either in processing or transformation of organic matter into clean fuel,” he said.
The organic waste generated at Farroupilha Camp and FIFA Fan Fest during the World Cup will be collected by the DMLU and then separated for shipment to GNVerde production plant located at the municipality of Montenegro and operated by Verde-Brasil Consortium. The truck, manufactured by Iveco, has a natural gas engine developed by FPT Industrial.