The UK’s renewable energy giant ENER-G Natural Power and its sister company Biogas Technology has invest more than $7 million to build Mexico’s first landfill gas capture facility in Aguascalientes. Renewable energy from the landfill will be used to manufacture Nissan vehicles at its nearby factory in a long-term power purchase agreement with the automaker.
The landfill gas capture site will generate clean electrical energy from biogas and supports Mexico’s impressive new Climate Change Act,which was announced recently and aims to cut the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by at least 30 percent by 2020,and by at least 50 percent by 2050. Another goal of the ambitious new legislation is to produce at least 35 percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2024.
This will be the first project of its kind for Nissan,which manufactures March,Versa and Sentra cars at the facility in Aguascalientes.
“At Nissan,we are proud to work with the city of Aguascalientes and ENER-G Natural Power to improve the environment,” stated Armando Avila,vice president of manufacturing for Nissan Mexicana. “This project allows us four years to advance the environmental challenges of our Nissan Green Program 2016 to reduce CO2 emissions.”
The project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the landfill site by approximately 90,000 tons per year,which is similar to the environmental benefit gained by preserving 7,045 hectares,or 17,409 acres,of pine forest. It was also the first project of its kind in Mexico real estate to be registered with the United Nations as part of the Kyoto Protocol.
“We are very proud to invest in Mexico’s next generation renewable technology and to help the government to deliver on legally binding targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through its ambitious new Climate Change Act,” stated Hugh Richmond,managing director of ENER-G Natural Power. “This ambitious project is converting damaging greenhouse gasses into renewable power that is benefiting Mexico’s successful car industry,providing valuable income for the Municipality of Aguascalientes,and benefiting the environment.”