The City of Cape Town says converting harmful gases from its landfill sites into energy, will help reduce its electricity costs.

The City launched the first of its gas projects on Friday at one of the landfill sites in Muizenberg.

Mayoral Committee Member for Waste Management, Xanthea Limberg, says the initiative will also assist in managing greenhouse gases such as methane which are harmful to the environment.

She says through the project an additional two megawatts of electricity is being generated. The energy will be used to power different operations of the city.

“Some of the methane gas that is being flared here will be used to power the waste water treatment plant which is not too far away and we will expand on other purposes to re-use this particular gas for energy it will also help us reduce our energy costs because we won’t have to buy as much bulk electricity from Eskom.”