CDM project co-benefits in Kolar District, India: Providing rural households with low-cost energy services
The Bagepalli CDM Biogas Project involves the construction of approximately 5,500 two-cubic-metre capacity biogas digesters in households in the area (“Taluk”) of Bagepalli and other nearby Taluks in the Kolar District, Karnataka, India. The digesters, which utilise the dung of household cows, produce methane gas from the anaerobic breakdown of organic waste. The resulting methane is used as a cooking fuel in biogas stoves built in the dwellings. This replaces inefficient wood-burning mud stoves that were traditionally used for cooking and to produce hot water. It is a particularly critical technology for the area because of widespread deforestation due to firewood collection, and increasing shortages of wood for fuel in the area. An average dwelling has five occupants, meaning that nearly 30,000 people will benefit from the scheme.