New carbon offset project – Biogas digesters in Indonesia

The overall objective of the new project in the myclimate portfolio is the installation of domestic biogas digesters as a clean, sustainable energy source throughout Indonesia. Domestic biogas provides a sustainable way for individual households with livestock to reduce dependence on firewood and expensive fossil fuels.

Biogas digesters convert the dung into biogas that can be used for cooking and lighting. The slurry left over from this process is also an excellent organic fertiliser that can be used to improve crop yields.

The Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme (IDBP), called the “BIRU programme”, aimed to construct 8,000 biogas digesters in 4 years (2009-2012) and was extended to the end of 2013 because of its high demand. The BIRU programme is implemented by Hivos, a Dutch non-for-profit organisation with widespread experience and international reputation.

The programme of activities covers regions throughout the country. On the island Java, with its Muslim majority, people use cow dung for their digester. On Bali Hindus take the dung from their pigs. At present, some 60 construction partner organisations and 3 manufacturing partner organisations (producing biogas stoves, lamps and other appliances) work with the BIRU programme. Almost 1,000 masons have been trained, and these numbers will increase as the programme expands.

myclimate CEO René Estermann visited the programme in summer 2013.

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