01 Performance LANDFILL GAS INDUSTRIES

CEFC ANNUAL REPORT / 2014–15

Landfill Gas Industries

Queensland-based Landfill Gas Industries, one of Australia’s specialist landfill gas service providers, is expanding its waste-to-energy operations with up to $10 million in CEFC finance. The finance also supports the company’s delivery of carbon credits under the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund.

Project Scope

The LGI expansion involves installing 6MW of electricity generation and supporting the operation of biogas-fired generators across landfill sites in Queensland.

New generators are being placed at landfill sites where the company already operates flares and has an existing working relationship with the local government authority administering the facility. LGI builds, owns, operates and maintains the generators and sells the electricity generated into the grid. LGI was a successful first-round ERF bidder and, with CEFC finance support, has developed two new abatement projects to participate in the next ERF auction.

Just under half of Australian waste ends up in more than 600 landfills across the country, resulting in significant greenhouse emissions. Landfill gas is generated for many years after organic waste is deposited and begins to decompose. Generally, about 40 to 60 per cent of this gas is composed of methane.

Looking to the future

The CEFC is interested in talking with aggregators and intending bidders in the ERF to explore how it might assist project proponents by providing upfront capital to expand the scope and capacity and projects.

The CEFC has the experience and the finance available for projects which meet the criteria for many of the method determinations available under the ERF, including:

  • Commercial and public lighting energy efficiency

  • Commercial building energy efficiency

  • Industrial electricity and fuel efficiency

  • Coal mine waste gas

  • Land and sea transport

  • Alternative waste treatment

  • Landfill gas wastewater treatment.

Landfill tends to be the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions for Australian councils, accounting for the majority of the smaller, regional councils’ total carbon footprint. With the CEFC’s finance aiding our expansion and successful ERF bid we’re positioned to help councils tackle that issue.” LGI Managing Director, Adam Bloomer