CDM project co-benefits in Nepal: Accelerating deployment of clean energy in rural households
Two CDM projects are helping to deploy an additional 20,000 biogas digesters in households across Nepal. This is accelerating the implementation of the Biogas Support Programme of the Nepalese Government, which otherwise uses a mix of national finance and donor aid. The digesters are sold at a subsidised rate to low-income rural households to enhance access to basic services such as heating, cooking and hot water production. The digesters utilise the dung from farmers’ livestock and domestic latrines to produce methane gas as the organic waste breaks down. The methane is then used as cooking fuel in biogas stoves built directly in the dwellings. This replaces more traditional cooking fuels such as firewood, agricultural residues, animal manure and kerosene. This project improves indoor air quality in homes as the smoke-free combustion of biogas displaces the use of traditional fuels, generating health benefits for the community, especially for women who do most of the cooking.