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EPA Announces Methane Reduction Grant Program

Posted on December 23, 2008

Through the Methane to Markets partnership, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making up to US$7 million in grants available for innovative international projects and activities. The agency expects to award up to 40 cooperative grants agreements ranging from approximately US$100 000 to US$700 000. The Methane to Markets partnership is an international initiative to reduce global methane emissions by promoting capture-and-use projects in oil and gas systems, coal mining, landfills, and animal waste management. EPA requests proposals for projects that directly identify, characterize or implement methane capture-and-use projects. Examples include technology transfers and demonstrations, feasibility studies, training and capacity building, information clearinghouses, and improved methane emissions estimates.

A wide variety of institutions are eligible, including international governments, universities, and public or private non-profit organizations to advance project development in the following Methane to Markets Partner countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

Additionally, EPA will consider proposals from developing countries or countries with economies in transition that are applying to join the partnership, as long as an acceptable letter of intent is submitted to the Methane to Markets Administrative Support Group prior to the close of the RFP deadline. The estimated project period for awards is September 2009 through September 2012. Proposals are due by March 5, 2009.


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