The natural decomposition process of waste in landfills spontaneously produces biogas.
Veolia Environmental Services captures this gas at the source and regulates its output thanks to a patented process developed in its research center. Méthacontrol® increases the amount of biogas captured by up to 15% compared with standard processes. As biogas has a high heating value, it is then converted into energy.
In 2011, three of Veolia Environmental Services' facilities(3) covered the electricity needs of 220,000 people.
In addition, the first biomethane fuel production unit, using biogas from the Claye-Souilly landfill, is fueling some 10 light vehicles and a household waste collection vehicle, all equipped with engines using compressed natural gas (CNG). The vehicles fill up on Méth'OD®(4) directly on site.