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Africa Biogas Partnership Program

  • Africa Biogas Partnership Program

    Aim

    To develop and support a sustainable market sector for household biogas digesters in the target countries.

    Where

    Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

    Why

    Worldwide, more than two and a half billion people lack clean and safe cooking fuel. They rely on traditional sources such as wood, agricultural residues, dried manure and charcoal. The indoor pollution from these fuels kills nearly two million people a year and makes many more sick. Unsustainable collection of these traditional fuels is further exhausting natural resources, damaging the environment and contributing to climate change.

    How

    Biogas digesters have many benefits and fit nicely into farming systems that include livestock. ABPP’s main strategies are to develop the supply and demand side of the market, provide supporting services such as training and credit provision, and create a supporting institutional environment for the use and promotion of biogas.

    Results so far

    The results of Phase 2 so far include the installation of 60,000 biogas digesters, more than 300,000 ha of land organically fertilized (with 20-30 per cent crop production increase), the creation of 90 biogas construction enterprises and 4,200 jobs, as well as the involvement of 45 credit providers who give loans to customers who want to buy a biogas digester. On average, 38,000 women save 2.5 hours daily by no longer collecting firewood or scrubbing soot from pots.

    Period and budget

    2014-2019 (Phase 2), €88 million (including €60 million household contribution and €3 million carbon revenues)

    Partners

    Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (donor), Energising Development, 5 national implementing partners and their country’s governments

  • Biogas 4B-F

    Aim

    Biogas Business Boost Benefiting Farmers (4B-F) aims to accelerate demand for the domestic biogas digesters through incentivizing service providers and improving product quality.

    Where

    Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

    Why

    The Africa Biogas Partnership Program plays a critical role in providing rural households with access to clean and affordable energy for cooking and lighting, as well as liquid and composted slurry for agriculture. This is driven by the need to provide access to an alternative, sustainable source of energy for daily activities, clean cooking, economic opportunities and income generation for the growing population.

    How

    The 4B-F program is part of the continued efforts to build a commercially viable biogas market in Africa. It complements efforts of the Africa Biogas Partnership Programmeby focusing on the private sector to boost quality assurance – offered by after sales service to households- conducted by the Biogas Construction Enterprises (BCEs).

    Period and budget

    2014-2019,€ 2.5 million

    Partners

    SNV. Supported by Energising Development (EnDev)

  • Carbon Finance

    Aim

    To make the technologies required for renewable energy and sustainable, ecological farming practices affordable for rural low-income citizens so they can both improve their living conditions and help reduce the effects of climate change.

    Where

    Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Indonesia

    Why

    Most underprivileged people who live in rural areas depend on the state of their natural environment for their basic livelihoods, but this is coming under increasing threat from climate change. To counter this threat they can use renewable energy sources and climate-smart agricultural methods. Biodigesters for producing biogas are one good example: they both improve living conditions of rural people, especially women, and help to mitigate climate change. Carbon finance makes these new technologies more affordable, which is why Hivos supports access to it for low-income rural communities.

    How

    Since 2011, Hivos’ Carbon Finance program has used carbon finance to develop and support rural projects that build renewable energy systems and introduce ecological, climate-smart farming methods. Hivos sells carbon credits to voluntary buyers who are willing to pay prices that include a contribution to pro-poor sustainable development. All our carbon credits are registered under the Gold Standard. Revenue from carbon credit sales is used to make purchasing biogas digesters affordable and subsidizes program activities such as aftersales services, quality management and training staff and end-users. See the Hivos’ Carbon Finance website for information on its activities in specific countries.

    Results so far (2011-2018)

    76,000 biodigesters installed; 828,000 tons CO2e sold, € 5.0 million in revenue.

    Current period and budget

    2016-2025, €8.5 million

    Partners

    Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (donor), SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (technical assistance), Climate Neutral Group, MyClimate, National Biogas Programme (NBP) Cambodia, Indonesian Domestic Biogas programme (BIRU), Kenya Biogas Programme (KBP), Tanzania Domestic Biogas Programme (TDBP) and Biogas Solutions Uganda Ltd (BSUL).