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Historic transfer of carbon credits from Poland to Denmark04-12-2009
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The utilisation of gas from three Polish landfills for the production of heat and power has now allowed Poland to transfer carbon credits corresponding to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 150,000 tons to the Danish Energy Agency in Denmark.

– This is a historic event as it the first transfer of carbon credits from Poland to Denmark at all. We are proud to be the first to contribute to an additional reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in a partnership between Denmark and Poland, says Lisbeth Erlands, managing director of Hedeselskabet Sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of Dalgasgroup.

Since 1998, Hedeselskabet Sp. z o.o. has been working on extracting gas from Polish landfills.

The extraction is carried out in landfills in the towns of Lubna, Legajny and Sosnowiec. Gas is extracted using a network of suction gas piping installed in the landfills. It is then used for the production of green electricity and heating. The electricity is sold to the power network while the heating is sold to companies and to the local district heating networks.

The landfill gas is methane which is a very powerful greenhouse gas. A ton of methane gas has the same greenhouse effect as approx. 21 tons of CO2. When the methane is used in gas engines, the greenhouse effect will be reduced correspondingly.

At the same time, the efficient heating and power production at the plants help displace fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas in the Polish energy system.

– The sale of carbon credits has allowed an additional reduction of greenhouse gases by increasing the extraction of gas and the production of eco-friendly power at the landfills. This additional extraction and power production would not have been possible without the revenues from the carbon credits, says Ove Kloch, managing director of Dalgasgroup.

In the period 2007-2012, Hedeselskabet Sp. z o.o. expects to reduce methane emissions by an equivalent of 620,000 tons of CO2. This corresponds to the annual CO2 emissions from approx. 15,000 Danish households. Much of this reduction is expected to be transferred to the Danish pool by so-called Joint Implementation carbon credits as specified under the Kyoto Protocol.

For further information, please contact:
Bent Simonsen, President of the Management Board, Hedeselskabet Sp. z o.o. tel. +45 87 28 11 12, email: bsi@dalgasgroup.com
Henrik Hjortholm, Director, Hedeselskabet Sp. z o.o., tel. +48 22 33 93 615, email: hrh@hedeselskabet.pl