Emas Manizales by Veolia obtains national energy efficiency award with its biogas project

The biogas project, as an alternative energy for the treatment of hazardous waste from Emas Manizales by Veolia, took the honors in the Tenth Energy Efficiency Award 2024 from Andesco, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Findeter and the Mining Planning Unit Energy.

The initiative won in the category of Home Utility Companies and Information and Communications Technologies. The recognition was made this Friday in Barranquilla during the XIII Energy Efficiency Seminar “Promoting the energy transition from the regions.”

The methane capture and burning project in the La Esmeralda Environmental Technology Park (PTAE) is considered an innovative initiative for its ability to mitigate climate change, harness renewable energy, promote sustainable waste management and improve air quality. This project represents a comprehensive and sustainable solution for waste management and energy generation.

“Our objective as a company is to work towards decarbonization, decontamination and resource economy, with multifaceted performance focused on society, the planet, customers, shareholders and our collaborators, from a perspective of ecological transformation. “We are proud of this recognition that brings the renewal of the world,” highlighted Juan Carlos Quintero Naranjo, general manager of Emas by Veolia.

This project began to be implemented in 2020 in the PTAE, where the passive burning of the biogas generated by the decomposition of ordinary waste for final disposal was carried out.

This caused passive emissions that mainly affected the air quality of the area of ​​influence, having as a precedent that the landfill is in the central sector of Manizales with neighborhoods around it for an approximate distance of 300 linear meters.

Thus, starting in 2021 and, in order to contribute to compliance with the company’s environmental and energy sustainability indicators, the second phase of the project began, which consists of feeding an incinerator oven that is in the same facilities of the PTAE, which until that date used natural gas.

This phase was energetically viable, because the biogas generated has an average of 53% methane, which is equivalent to 50-60% of the calorific value of natural gas. Likewise, this phase has a degree of innovation that allows the use of biogas without purification to inject it directly into the burners of the incineration furnace.

During 2023, 448 tons of methane were used in our incinerator furnace, equivalent to 12,544 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

  • Our torch has a capacity of 1,000 m3
  • In 2023, 2,876 tons of methane will be burned, equivalent to 86,200 tons of carbon dioxide.
  • During 2023, 59,025 carbon credits were generated by the project

39 companies applied and then the 14 finalists were chosen, after a review and evaluation by juries from Chile, Uruguay and Mexico.

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