Tweed Shire Council (TSC) has become the focus of councils around the country preparing to accommodate the impact of the carbon tax by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Director of community and natural resources David Oxenham believes the Tweed is leading the way with the installation of a gas capture and electricity generating facility at the Stotts Creek landfill site in 2002.
‘This facility captures and burns approximately 600 tonnes of methane gas, which is equivalent to 15,000 tonnes of carbon, and the electricity generated from the facility is in the order of 3000 megawatt hours per year, which is enough to power approximately 400 homes,’ Mr Oxenham told the Australian Local Government Association meeting in Canberra last week.
‘This initiative has reduced TSC’s carbon emissions from 35,000 to 17,000 tonnes per year, which is below the federal government’s tax threshold of 25,000 tonnes.’
The Stotts Creek facility is thought to be one of few landfill gas micro-powerstations in Australia and is expected to continue to operate for the next 20 years.
Carbon emissions from the site are expected to continue to drop following closure of the landfill and a gas capture facility is eventually planned for the proposed landfill site at Eviron.