Methane emission potential of open dumps in Chennai: a case study

Karthikeyan, Obulisamy Parthiba, Joseph, Kurian, and Esakku, S. (2012) Methane emission potential of open dumps in Chennai: a case study. International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 15 (3/4/5/6). pp. 291-304.

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Abstract

Monitoring of atmospheric levels of methane and other Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) holds great promise for the mitigation of global warming resulting from increasing radioactive trapping by atmospheric gases. Since, the direct measurements of landfill methane emission found to be difficult, the methane emission potential of the open dumps in Chennai has been estimated using first-order decay models such as TNO, LandGEM and zero-order model (EPER model, Germany). The resulted methane emission was around 33 × 106 m3, 36 × 106 m3 and 52 × 104 m3 based on the TNO, LandGEM and zero-order models, respectively. The results concluded that the methane emission from the Chennai dumps contributed to 0.13% of the overall global landfill methane emission and 1.3% of Indian landfill methane emissions within the years between 1986 and 2003.

Item ID: 34694
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: MSW; municipal solid waste; open dumping; methane emission; first-order decay model; TNO; LandGEM; EPER models; landfill emissions; solid waste management; India
ISSN: 1741-511X
Funders: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2014 04:49
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 60%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960303 Climate Change Models @ 100%
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