The Hermitage Municipal Authority’s organic waste digestion project has many environmental and economic benefits. By processing waste sludge and food wastes through its anaerobic digestion system, the Authority not only produces a beneficial energy source in the form of biogas, but they also prevent the disposal of organic waste at landfills. By diverting wastes from landfills and providing treatment and reuse of the methane in their processes, less excess methane gas is released into the atmosphere. This process results in a reduction of greenhouses gases (GHG) that can be quantified and traded as carbon offset credits known as Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRT). CRTs are bought and sold through the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) Program.
On behalf of the Authority, RETTEW submitted the organic waste digestion project for registration and verification of GHG. To qualify for CRTs, RETTEW demonstrated the project met the CAR’s rigorous set of protocols and regulatory-quality standards for the development, quantification, and verification of GHG emissions reduction. Once verified as CRTs, the Authority will be eligible to sell the credits to companies in need of the offsets.