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Reduce carbon, improve lives

From helping families breathe cleaner air at home to generating thousands of new jobs, offsetting isn’t just about lowering our use of carbon, it also improves lives all around the world. Want to know more? Join us on a quick tour of the 2020 project portfolio
  • bp Target Neutral brings low-cost biogas to over 100,000 homes in Indonesia
  • In Mexico, efficient cookstoves cut pollution in homes caused by cooking on open fires
  • In China we are supporting the installation of 95 Small hydro-powered electricity stations

Note: All project data provided by project suppliers. Suppliers are audited by international standards

We’re thrilled to announce new projects that have been added to bp Target Neutral’s offset portfolio. All are independently accredited to reduce carbon and meet international standards for carbon credits. What’s more, these projects make thousands of people’s lives healthier and safer and create new jobs. This supports bp’s new sustainability framework. High quality offsets help “Care for our planet” and “Improve people’s lives” as well as helping to ‘Get to net zero’ by tackling carbon emissions.


Three projects use biogas-based solutions, creating low-cost and low-carbon energy, improving crop yields, providing new employment and reducing air pollution. We’d say that’s a win-win-win!

Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme

bp Target Neutral is now helping households to produce their own low-cost, low-carbon energy from animal dung. So waste is now no longer wasted – it’s transformed into life-supporting fuel, using clever biogas digesters
Indonesia biogas

More than 100,000 people across ten rural provinces are cooking, heating and generating light using this low-carbon biogas. Which means some 20,000 tonnes of carbon are cut each year by the project – equivalent to 850,000 filled rubbish bags being recycled rather than landfilled*.


The biodigester also produces non-chemical fertiliser, boosting harvests and avoiding the purchase of the expensive, harmful stuff that has its own carbon and environmental footprint.


It even creates new jobs and learned skills in manufacturing and installing the biodigesters themselves.

Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme


We’re supporting finance for the Sichuan Household Biogas Programme in China – in a region where typical disposable income is little more than one Euro per day
China bio cooking

We’ve helped to support more than 10,000 jobs in construction and maintenance of the digesters, substantially improved the lives of around 1.2 million people and reduced carbon emissions by more than 800,000 tonnes per year – that’s equivalent to removing 172, 800 passenger vehicles from the roads for a year*.


By replacing solid fuels with biogas, this project reduces indoor air pollution and the risk of all the respiratory diseases associated with it. Which helps families breathe a little easier.

Bagepalli CDM Biogas Programme

If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s how important family is to us all. In Bagepalli, a small town in southern India, women were spending a significant part of their day searching for and collecting firewood, before preparing traditional stone or clay stoves for cooking
India bio digester

This project has equipped around 5,485 rural homes with biodigesters and efficient cook stoves that produce low-carbon biogas for cooking, rather than using solid fuels like firewood.


By supporting finance for this project, we’ve been able to help not only reduce carbon, but free up valuable time for more rewarding activities that help women supplement their household incomes and enable them to play a wider role in their communities.


Better still, it means more quality time with the family.

Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project

The project provides training and support to hundreds of households in conservation, helping farmers to generate higher yields through more efficient practices. There’s also training for current charcoal producers in sustainable production practices
Zambia forest protection

This will lead to an estimated reduction in carbon emissions of more than 180,000 tonnes per year over the 30-year crediting period.


But more than simply reducing carbon, it creates local jobs, increasing the diversity of income sources, improves community infrastructure and health by increasing access to clean water and supports community-based projects that reduce dependency on deforestation.

Distribution of ONIL Cookstoves

In Mexico, firewood is the main energy source for around 80% of rural households. In terms of fuel usage, that’s not efficient at all. It also causes burns and respiratory problems – and contributes to deforestation. So not great
Mexico cookstoves

The ONIL cookstove project has equipped 31,781 rural homes in Mexico with cookstoves that burn much more efficiently and use up to 58% less firewood than a traditional open fire. That means a reduction in carbon of almost 92,000 tonnes per year – equivalent to taking nearly 20,000 cars off the road for a year*.


By installing chimney flues, cooking gases are also exhausted outside of the building, reducing indoor air pollution to close to WHO standards. So, less wood, more good.

Zhaoyuan Zhangxing Wind Project, China

The Zhaoyuan Zhangxing Wind Project is located on China’s eastern coast, close to the Yellow Sea
China wind project

Its 33 wind turbines harness strong prevailing coastal winds to generate clean, renewable electricity, reducing carbon in the atmosphere and at the same time improving local air quality.


On average, more than 180,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide are avoided each year by this project.

Grouped Hydropower Plants

This project has developed 95 small-scale, run-of-river hydrostations across South-West and South-Central China. Added up, they provide enough renewable electricity to supply more than half a million Chinese homes
China hydro

Since its launch, the hydropower project has reduced 369,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere on average every year. That’s equivalent to taking nearly 20,000 cars off the road each year*. It achieves this impressive figure by displacing electricity generated by grid-connected fossil fuel-based power plants.


Not only that, it also funds several community-based activities, including a sustainable agricultural training programme, a public library, eco-education programmes for children and hydropower station safety training.

*All equivalencies calculated by epa.gov