The Biogas Project

The majority of families in rural areas of India depend on wood as a source of household energy. As a result, the wood resources degrade constantly. Furthermore, collecting firewood, which is traditionally a female task, is time and labor intensive, leaving little time for preparing nutritious meals or boiling water for safe consumption. Hence, many families suffer from malnutrition and waterborne diseases. In addition, the smoke generated by traditional wood fires can have severe health impacts.

This project developed by First Climate, Indian NGO INSEDA and Germany`s Governmental Agency for International Development (GIZ) aims to provide a sustainable solution to all these problems: To date, about 7,000 households have been provided with their own biogas plant to utilize the free and sustainable energy contained in their animals’ excrement for cooking, household lighting and boiling water.

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Key Facts

Kerala & Madhya Pradesh, Indien
Project Type:
Renewable Energy: Biogas
Project Standard:
Gold Standard
Project Start Date:
Phase 1: 2007 – Phase 2: 2013

Total emissions reduction:
28.000t CO2 p.a.

Monetizing co-benefits

A case study by London Imperial College from 2015 investigated the co-benefits of phase 1 of the project in order to monetize their financial value. The conclusion: Offsetting one tonne of CO2–delivers an average of 303 US$ worth of economic benefit to the environment and local communities in India.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being: According to the WHO, 4,3 million people per year die prematurely from illnesses attributable to household air pollution. By utilizing biogas as a clean and safe source of energy, the project helps to cut morbidity and mortality rates in the project region.

Clean water and sanitation: A reliable biogas supply facilitates boiling of water for disinfection. Compared to open log fires, there is no need to spend time on collecting firewood which may lead to carelessness when using contaminated water. The biogas digesters therefore help to prevent the spreading of water-borne diseases.

Affordable and clean energy: The project supports households whose average monthly income ranges between 10 and 20 US$ per month. Employing less polluting fuel other than biogas – for example kerosene – would require households to spend 30-50% of their income indefinitely. Biogas also helps families to achieve savings on fuelwood.

Decent work and economic growth: The project improves the economic level of the local communities by employing local people during the construction phase of the biogas plants, for the training of the end users, and for the technical service and maintenance.

Life on land: The project reduces the reliance on wood as a fuel. Slowing deforestation yields direct benefits like slowing soil erosion, the destruction of natural habitats, and loss
of biodiversity.