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. Organic waste is fermented in an underground unit, so that enough biogas is available to cook on a daily basis. This method of cooking 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 rest product that comes out of the digester, serves as a very good fertilizer.
The total impact of the project
X thousand tonnes of CO2 reduced
X thousand households use biogas
X 1 million kilos wood (=412,000 trees) saved
The project in detail
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. The biogas plants are financed by contributions from the participating families and reimbursed through the CO₂ credits that the households earn.
Also, BCS undertakes various development activities, including in the fields of health, education for children and adults, as well as small-scale lending, agricultural development, and activities to support widows and abandoned women.