Even though multiple automakers introduced or upgraded environmental policies to their manufacturing plants this year, BMW (and its partner Durr Systems, Inc.) were given the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) "Energy Partner of the Year" award yesterday. The EPA selected BMW because the company (with Durr's help) implemented "one of the most ambitious Landfill Gas to Energy Projects in North America -- recycling landfill methane gas from the Palmetto Landfill to provide energy to BMW's paint shop." Back in June, the estimate was that the switch to methane gas would save 17,000 tons of CO2 from reaching the atmosphere, now BMW is saying it's more like 60,000 tons. Capturing and using this energy saves BMW about a million bucks a year. And you though that landfill was just trash.
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[Source: BMW of North America, LLC]


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