kenia – schoon koken op biogas

kenia – schoon koken op biogas

The use of biogas improves living conditions and helps limit the effects of climate change. Cooking with biogas is fast and smokeless and provides health benefits for the whole family, especially women and children. The second product, bio-slurry, is a very good fertilizer that increases crop productivity.

Cooking in Kenya is mainly done with wood and charcoal. This results in the deaths of more than 14,000 people per year in Kenya due to air pollution caused by cooking on open fires or traditional stoves. In addition, cooking on an open fire emits a lot of CO₂ and the supply of forests to extract wood and charcoal is rapidly decreasing. To prevent this, cooking with biogas is an ideal solution. Biogas is a clean way of cooking that significantly improves living conditions and helps prevent the negative effects of climate change.

Kenya was one of the first countries in Africa to implement biogas technology in the early 1950s. However, an increase in scale only occurred with the introduction of the Kenya Biogas Program in 2009. The overall goal is to develop a commercially viable biogas sector that supports the use of domestic biogas as a local, sustainable energy source.

The Kenya Biogas Program (KBP) is implemented by Africa Bioenergy Programs Ltd (ABPL). The program was started by Hivos, under the umbrella of the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme, a partnership between the Dutch government, Hivos and SNV. Hivos established ABPL to implement the Kenya Biogas Program. In 2021, Hivos transferred the development and certification of CO2 projects in East Africa to ABPL. In 2022, FairClimateFund took over this project from Hivos to sell Gold Standard carbon credits.

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The total impact of the project

379

x thousand tons of CO₂ reduced

18

x thousand biogas plants installed

11

x thousand households use bio-slurry as manure

The project in detail

Biodigesters offer households with livestock a way to reduce their dependence on polluting firewood and expensive fossil fuels. Cooking with biogas is fast and smokeless. It improves the health of women and children in particular. Leftover bio-slurry from the biogas process is an excellent organic fertilizer that can be applied to improve crop yields. Selling more vegetables provides extra income for families.

In addition, the approach of mediating partnerships between existing organizations and institutions, but also of starting new construction companies, is paying off. More than 18,000 biodigesters have been built in Kenya since 2009. Entrepreneurship is encouraged and so far almost 100 masons have set up their own businesses.

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