The Malaysian-Danish CDM project “Landfill Gas utilization at Seelong Sanitary Landfill, Malaysia” has been registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol at UNFCCC 20th May 2007.
This latest registration will be the 3rd CDM project between Denmark and Malaysia. It will allow the project owner Southern Waste Management Sdn. Bhd. to sell and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to purchase the amount of 303,353 tonnes of CO2 credits up to 2012.
The purchase of credits will help Denmark in meeting its commitments to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses under the Kyoto Protocol. At the same time the project will contribute to the Malaysian policy goal of promoting renewable energy.
The CDM project reduces methane emissions to the atmosphere by capturing the gas from the landfill and use it for power generation and flaring the possible excess gas.
The CDM project takes place at Southern Waste Management’s Seelong Sanitary Landfill in Johor Bahru. The Seelong Landfill is a new sanitary landfill constructed in 2003 and is expected to be in operation until 2023.
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is an arrangement under the Kyoto Protocol allowing industrialised countries with a greenhouse gas reduction commitment (so-called Annex 1 countries) to invest in emission reducing projects in developing countries as an alternative to what is generally considered more costly emission reductions in their own countries.
The CDM is supervised by the CDM Executive Board (CDM EB) and is under the guidance of the Conference of the Parties (COP/MOP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).