Clean Cooking with Biogas
Fair Climate Fund
Fairtrade Gold Standard
Kilos of wood saved (419,000 trees)
Biogas installations are used
Tonnes of co2 reduced
The Chikballapur district in the Indian state Karnataka is an underdeveloped region where a large part of the population lives below the poverty line. Traditionally people cook indoors on an open wood fire which causes harmful smoke.
Also women spend a lot of time gathering firewood. FairClimateFund has been working with partner ADATS since early 2009 to provide around 12,000 households - that are members of the local community organization Bagepalli Coolie Sangha (BCS) - with a biogas unit.
Traditionally people in this community cook indoors on an open wood fire which causes harmful smoke and emits Co2 through the burning of wood for fuel. Installing biogas units means that fuel can be generated through organic matter and thus transitions the community to utilising indoor gas stoves. Changing to biogas powered stoves reduces CO₂ and harmful smoke in the kitchen, clears up organic waste, and saves households kerosene, wood, and time. Also, the ‘slurry’, which is the bi-product that comes out of the digester, serves as a very good fertilizer.
Organic waste is fermented in an underground unit so that enough biogas is available to cook on a daily basis. A biogas plant of 2 cubic meters provides enough gas for a family to cook daily and to heat water in a safe and environmentally friendly way. What remains after fermentation is fertile manure.
About the Project Developer
For the last 10 years, Fair Climate Fund has been working with its partners to finance and implement climate projects. They focus on cleaner cooking and reforestation projects. These projects reduce CO₂ emissions and deforestation and improve the living conditions for people in developing countries. The projects that Fair Climate Fund develop, generate Gold Standard and Fairtrade Carbon Credits.