Household Biogas in Sichuan, China


The Sichuan Rural Poor- Household Biogas Development Programme is the first Gold Standard PoA to be successfully migrated to the new Gold Standard for Global Goals providing independant verification of its impacts against the UN SDGs.

The project both cuts carbon and is improving life for low-income rural households in China’s Sichuan province through the installation of biogas digesters and efficient biogas cookstoves on farms.  This provides a cleaner, more efficient alternative to traditional manure storage pits. The methane produced by the manure as it rots in the digesters is captured and converted into clean biogas for cooking, heating and lighting.

Gold Standard CDM credits are available from this project.  The revenue generated helps individual farmers to cover the cost of purchasing and installing the digester.

The project saves approximately 750,000 tCO2e per year by preventing methane emissions and replacing household fuels such as coal and firewood with biogas.

In addition to GHG emissions avoidance, the project improves life for participating Sichuan farmer households – saving them money on fuel and improving sanitation and health. To date, the project has reached nearly 400,000 poor rural households, each with an annual disposable per-capita income of below EUR 500.

Delivering the Global Goals


A recent scientific study by the Center for Sustainable Environmental Sanitation (CSES) at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing (USTB) shows that it contributes to achieving 14 out of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) including :

Users enjoy around 40% increase in disposable income through savings on energy, fertiliser costs and improved agricultural output.

Homegrown fertiliser improves agricultural output, supporting sustainable agricultural.

Reduced indoor air pollution and improved hygiene benefits women and children in particular.

The project supports around 2,000 qualified biogas technology experts as well as increasing users’ understanding of renewable energy.

Improved sanitation and waste management, means less fertilizer & pesticide which can affect ground water supplies.

The project is providing access to clean, reliable, convenient, affordable biogas for cooking, lighting and heating.

Sustainable incomes means reduced inequalities between urban and rural Sichuan.

The project also makes measurable contributions to SDGs 5,8,9,12,13,15 and 17.