25. Does the ROC help reduce green house gases?

Yes, the ROC is a significant tool in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Every tonne of municipal waste put into a landfill produces about one tonne of methane and one tonne of carbon dioxide.

Methane is about 20 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere, when compared to carbon dioxide. So one tonne of municipal solid waste put into a landfill will produce about 21 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Using the ROC to create energy from municipal solid waste will eliminate the potential for methane production. This eliminates one of the most harmful greenhouse gas impacts arising from landfill use.

Like all organic conversion processes, the ROC will release carbon dioxide. Processing one tonne of municipal waste through the ROC will release about 1.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

This leaves a net savings of 20 tonnes of greenhouse gas that would have been released if the garbage had been put into a landfill instead of converted into energy by the ROC.

The greenhouse gas benefit of using the ROC to convert one tonne of municipal waste is the equivalent of taking three cars off the road for one year.