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Reducing carbon, tackling poverty

Biogas, China

China Biogas, map and UN sustainability goals

Project name

Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme

Project location

Sichuan Province, China

Funder and supplier

Supplier: Natural Capital Partners

Developer: UPM


Standard

CDM and Gold Standard

Project status

Operational

Portfolio

2019

Emissions reduction 

1.8 million tonnes CO2e for the programme to date May 2012 up to 20 March 2019 


Information and data provided by project supplier
Households in the Sichuan biodigester project can now cook using renewable biogas

Households in the Sichuan biodigester project can now cook using renewable biogas

The number of people living in extreme poverty around the world has fallen over the past two decades although hundreds of millions of people continue to live in the most difficult circumstances1


A key element in relieving extreme poverty is through support for rural development and employment.2

 

By buying carbon offsets, Target Neutral is supporting finanace for the Sichuan Household Biogas Programme in China – in a region where typical disposable income per person is little more than one euro per day.3

China Biodigesters – woman cooking using renewable biogas

Slow cooking and fried cooking using renewable biogas.

To date, the project has generated more than 10,000 jobs, substantially improved the lives of around 1.2 million people in rural areas and reduced carbon emissions by more than 800,000 tCO2e per year.


It has helped equip nearly 400,000 low income households with biodigesters and efficient cook stoves to replace solid fuels such as wood and coal with biogas that is fed into appliances such as cookstoves, rice cookers, water heaters and lighting.


The biodigesters turn animal dung into biogas thereby replacing the use of non-sustainable solid fuels such as coal or non-sustainable wood.

Left: Typical farmland in Sichuan province. Right: Local smallholders in Sichuan can benefit from a renewable source of biogas for cooking, domestic heating and lighting.

Left: Typical farmland in Sichuan province. Right: Local smallholders in Sichuan can benefit from a renewable source of biogas for cooking, domestic h...

Employment has been created in construction and maintenance of the digesters. Around 2,000 mainly farmers and bricklayers have qualified as certified biogas technicians.


In addition to the subsidies that help fund the purchase of the biodigesters, the project has a clear revenue sharing plan4, distributing proceeds from carbon offsetting to participating households, the local rural energy office that provides biodigester servicing, and to the project developers.


With sustainable and affordable biogas, households also enjoy considerable energy cost savings by not having to purchase coal for their cooking needs.


And by replacing solid fuels with biogas, the project reduces indoor air pollution and the risk of associated respiratory diseases.