Potentials of GHG reductions from wastewater treatment for the CDM

Takaaki Furubayashi, Toshihiko Nakata

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The study aims to evaluate the potential of GHG (greenhouse gas) reductions by installing an anaerobic digester in a wastewater treatment facility in Southeast Asia. Then the break-even point of additional investment to reduce GHG is obtained by exchanging carbon price as emissions credits. In the project scenario, the wastewater treatment system has the digester, where methane (biogas) is produced and recovered. Compared with the baseline scenario, the biogas has calorific value to produce heat and electricity, and can substitute fossil fuels for power generation. The objective of the study is to define the relationship between CERs (certified emission reductions) and investment costs, and the beak-even point, finding out the dominant parameters in the system. Financial parameters such as capital costs and operating costs are considered to evaluate the investment costs. The result shows that the methane recovery reduces 54% of GHG emissions. Although the substitution of the biogas for the fossil fuels reduces only 6% of the GHG emissions, the electricity output can satisfy the electricity consumption. The results also show that the maximum CER credit is 73000 t-CO2e/a, and the GHG reduction cost is 14 USD/t-CO2e.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1649-1654
Number of pages6
JournalScience China Technological Sciences
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul


  • CDM
  • GHG reductions
  • anaerobic digestion
  • developing countries
  • wastewater treatment system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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