Setting up a system to survey methane emissions can provide a lot of useful information about landfills in a province or country as a whole. It is also a useful tool which can be used to boost compliance with European and local regulations on the reduction of methane emissions from landfills.
An example of such a project is the emissions inventory Afvalzorg was commissioned to carry out by the Basque Government. Using available data such as waste quantities, waste types, landfill gas installations etc. we calculated emissions for every operational and non-active landfill site in the Basque region. Authorities can use these inventories as a basis on which to take action towards the continuing reduction of the landfill emissions.