Documents to download

The problem of landfill gas (LFG) hit the headlines in 1986 when a house in Loscoe exploded. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) have reports of over 100 incidents involving LFG in England and Wales. DoE’s recent evidence to the Commons Environment Committee estimated that there are some 1400 landfill sites in England and Wales which might be emitting enough gas to carry a risk of fire or explosion. Clearly LFG is a national problem. On a more positive note, the gas has potential to become a significant energy source. Most of the waste generated in the UK is landfilled, and the gas produced each year could amount to 5% of the annual production of British Gas.

This POSTnote addresses the processes underlying the generation of landfill gas and describes some of the options available for its control and use.

Documents to download

Related posts

  • Sustainable land management: managing land better for environmental benefits

    England is at a historical crossroad for the governance of land and the natural environment. Actions for addressing and adapting to climate change, achieving food security and tackling the biodiversity crisis are all embedded in and depend on how land is managed. Existing Government policy and targets have so far failed to address many of these complexities of land, farming and the natural environment.

    Sustainable land management: managing land better for environmental benefits
  • Smart Cities

    "Smart cities" describes places that incorporate a range of technologies (especially those that collect and use data) to address economic, social, and environmental challenges. Projects usually take place in urban areas, but are also deployed in rural settings. This POSTnote looks at smart city innovation in the UK and the technologies involved. It considers the factors driving the adoption of smart city technologies, and the potential benefits, barriers and risks associated with their implementation.

    Smart Cities
  • Energy sector digitalisation

    The incorporation of digital technologies in the energy sector can support progress towards key UK objectives such as achieving Net Zero emissions targets. It can also transform current methods of energy generation, transmission, regulation, and trading. This POSTnote presents an overview of key digital technologies and their main applications in the energy sector. It provides an overview of the potential benefits to using these technologies, and recent developments in this area. It describes the role of data in underpinning digital technologies in the sector, and some of the issues raised by its use. It also discusses broader challenges associated with energy sector digitalisation and measures that could help address them, including issues related to technology, regulation, and impact on consumers.

    Energy sector digitalisation