Small biogas plants in India,
Climate Friendly Cooking

Cooking with biogas instead of using wood saves time, raw materials and the CO2 usually released during the combustion process.2.

Within the scope of the climate protection project "Small biogas plants for Bagepalli", the project managers, together with the local families, are building small biogas plants. These are fed with cow dung and water and are used for the production of biogas, among other things for cooking.

Männer bauen eine Biogasanlage in Bagepalli in Indien. Eine Frau lädt eine Biogasanlage in Bagepalli in Indien.Mann und Frau essen Mittag von einer Biogasanlage in Bagepalli in Indien.


Das ist eine Landkarte von Indien mit Karnataka und Bagepalli.

Bagepalli, India


Bagepalli Coolie Sangha (BCS)
FairClimateFund (FCF)-The Netherlands

Carbon Check (India) Private Limited
DNV Climate Change Services AS

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Gold Standard VER (GS VER)

approx. 21,000 t CO2


Project benefit

  • The Bagepalli small biogas project saves approx. 21,000 tonnes of CO22 per year
  • Emissions which are normally caused by the burning of wood are avoided
  • Protection and slow recovery of local forests due to the lower consumption of firewood
  • The households save money and time
  • The residuals of the biogas plants can be used at the end as fertilizer
  • No smoke, no harmful fumes in the houses
  • Clean air: less respiratory diseases and eye inflammation
  • New jobs: training of skilled workers for the maintenance and maintenance of biogas plants
  • Women have more time: some have opened small businesses
  • 240 women have been trained for the maintenance of biogas plants and earn an additional income

Project background

In many rural households in India, cooking is done on simple open fireplaces in the house. It takes a lot of wood to do this, and it produces harmful smoke. Respiratory diseases and eye inflammation are very common, especially among women and children.

Our climate protection project in Karnataka promotes small biogas plants for private households. Biogas is produced from cow dung and organic household waste. This makes it possible for the families to cook in a heatly way.

Smoke is no longer occuring and the laborious collection of timber is no longer necessary: many women and children were previously approx. one day per week alone. Now they have more time to work and learn.

Because they also protect the forests and save CO22 by not burning any more wood, the project can be financed through climate protection. The families have to tackle the installation of the system themselves. 18,000 such systems have already been built, each with a capacity of 2 cubic meters.

How does climate protection work with biogas?

In biogas plants biomass gasified in hermetically sealed digestion tanks to biogas. Biomass consists of organic waste from cows or other animals.

In countries such as India, families use the gas from small biogas plants mainly for cooking. This will result in CO2-2emissions, which would be produced when cooking with wood or charcoal.

Biogas plants also prevent methane from entering the atmosphere - such as in the storage of organic waste in a mine. Instead, the resulting gas from the closed container is passed directly to the cooking points.

Every post helps!

Savings of approx. 21,000 tonnes of CO2
C02 by smaller use of firewood
and recovery of local forests

The residucals of the biogas plants
are used as fertilizer

Already 18,000 biogas plants have been made possible through the sale of emission reduction certificates

Less respiratory diseases and eye inflammation due to cleaner air

New jobs. Training
Specialists' education for the maintenance of the plants

Contribution to the UN sustainability goals

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Project Quality Standards

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Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) was established under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The CDM can be used not only for voluntary emission compensation, but also for state climate protection programmes. As a result, governments, companies, and individuals alike can purchase certified emission credits from CDM projects (= Certified Emission Reductions(CERs)) and use them for their respective climate protection purposes.

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The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard was developed in 2003 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and more than 20 other international environmental organisations. The standard is supported by the non-profit Gold Standard Foundation based in Switzerland. Gold Standard climate protection projects are characterized by the fact that, in addition to reducing CO2,2they simultaneously contribute to sustainable development in the respective project regions.