Municipal Wastewater

Methane is produced when the organic material in municipal wastewater decomposes anaerobically. Varying amounts of methane are emitted during the collection, handling, and treatment of wastewater depending on methods employed. A number of techniques can be employed to reduce or recover and use wastewater methane that can yield substantial energy, economic, environmental, air quality, and public health benefits.

The GMI Municipal Wastewater Subcommittee is dedicated to reducing the impacts of climate change by providing international leadership to mitigate global methane emissions through the abatement, recovery, and use of methane from municipal wastewater sources. Technical experts from government and the private sector participate in the Subcommittees. Each subcommittee has developed a sector-specific Action Plan that identifies the needs, opportunities and priorities for project development globally as well as key barriers and strategies to overcome them. The technical subcommittees also facilitate investment and financing opportunities and other cooperative activities and projects that advance the abatement and recovery of methane and its use as an energy source.

Partner Sector Action Plans

The GMI Steering Committee approved revised Partner Sector Action Plans – Suggested Elements (PDF, 3 pp, 139 KB) in July 2013. Country representatives are encouraged to use this guidance in updating existing plans or in developing new plans. Please submit revised or new plans to the Administrative Support Group for inclusion on this page.

Global Methane Initiative Municipal Wastewater Events

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