Sichuan Biogas Project
The rural areas of Sichuan province are among the poorest in China. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake claimed nearly 70,000 lives and killed 12 million livestock animals, and the province is still reeling from the impacts.
This project is helping to restore the region and promote sustainable development. It has enabled the construction of more than 400,000 rural biogas units that are used to fuel clean gas cookstoves and produce organic fertiliser for farmers. The units use animal and human waste to create renewable biogas fuel. This results in both financial and health benefits to beneficiaries as they no longer need to purchase coal or endure the negative health implications of burning it.
Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
This project has provided employment to thousands of people in a poor and rural area of China in construction, maintenance and as technicians. Their aggregated income from this employment since the project was launched amounts to 200 million CNY.
SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being
By replacing fuel with a cleaner source, the project helps bring down the number of smoke-related human diseases in rural communities such as eye inflammation, headaches, skin irritations, impaired liver function, kidney problems and neurological symptoms.
SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, modern energy
Rural people are provided a means to access affordable and clean energy and to reduce their coal consumption by more than 97%.
SDG 13: Take urgent action on climate change
This reduction in coal use significantly reduces the amount of CO₂ released into the atmosphere and is contributing to climate action.
- Approximately 10,000 permanent and temporary jobs in the construction and maintenance of digesters have been created.
- 2,000 people have been trained as biogas technicians.
- The smoke-free biogas cookstoves reduce respiratory diseases and eye ailments.
- Beneficiaries find that they have increased self-reliance due to the availability of clean, convenient and inexpensive biogas from their own supply.
- The annual coal consumption per household has fallen from 970kg to 27kg with the new digesters.