Methane to Markets Soars: $4.5 Million Provides a Global Clean Energy Boost

Washington, D.C.(RUSHPRNEWS)10/09/2008-Capturing methane from landfills and other sources is paving the way to a clean, green energy source and reducing greenhouse gases in the fight against climate change. Through the Methane to Markets Partnership (M2M), EPA is funding 20 projects that will help 12 countries increase their capture and use of methane from the landfill, coal, agriculture, and oil and natural gas sectors. These projects will receive more than $4.5 million in M2M grants from EPA.

“Climate change is a global issue that requires a global solution,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “By leveraging $4.5 million in grants, EPA and our international partners are reducing methane emissions and realizing a clean, reliable energy source.”

Grants ranging from $90,000 to $700,000 are being awarded to help finance M2M projects in Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Poland, Thailand and Ukraine. The grants will fund a wide variety of M2M activities designed to remove technical or informational barriers currently interfering with the successful capture and use of methane around the world.

Among the services provided are training, development of databases on potential project sites, feasibility studies, technology transfer and project analysis. The grants build on the earlier success of a 2007 solicitation and provide significant new funding.

Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is more than 20 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. As the primary component of natural gas, methane is a valuable and clean-burning energy resource.

Information about the grant awardees and their projects:

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Grant Recipients:

Landfill Gas:
• Argentina, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
• Brazil, Fundação Promar
• China, The Environmental Sanitation Engineering Tech Research Center
• Ecuador, The Municipality of Guayaquil
• India, The Institute for Environmental Management Inc.
• Poland, The Oil and Gas Institute
• Nigeria, Center for People and the Environment
• Ukraine, Renewable Energy Agency

Coal Mine Methane:
• China, Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs
• China, Virginia Tech, Southern Shanxi Province
• India, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Jharia, Bokaro and Raniganj Coal Fields
• Mongolia, The Mongolian Nature & Environmental Consortium
• Poland, The Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU)
• Poland, The Central Mining Institute of Katowice

Oil and Natural Gas Systems:
• China, Research Triangle Institute International
• Ecuador, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral

Agricultural Waste:
• India, The International Institute for Energy Conservation
• Korea, National Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology, Rural Dev. Admin. (RDA)
• Mexico, Fundación Guanajuato Produce
• Thailand, Ministry of Agriculture Department of Livestock & Cooperation

Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, (202) 564-4355 /

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