CDM project co-benefits in Hubei Province, China: Biogas digesters enhance the welfare of low-income rural communities
The region of Hubei is a rural, mountainous district in China where the main economic activity is agriculture. Households in the region are being given the opportunity to install biogas digesters that use animal waste to generate gas for use in domestic heating, lighting and cooking. Over 33,000 households – or around 165,000 people – are benefitting from the installation of domestic digesters, displacing more carbon-intensive traditional domestic fuels such as firewood, coal, coke and crop residues. This activity reduces the time spent by women collecting firewood or traveling to purchase fuel.