MARD/SNV, Vietnam
Biogas for smallholders in Vietnam

Problems are opportunities. So thought the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Dutch development agency SNV when they came to tackle the twin problems of costly cooking practices and huge amounts of untreated animal waste. Converting the waste to energy via biogas digesters produced clean, reliable energy for cooking and reduced the health and environmental problems associated with wood fuels, not to mention the animal waste. Over 78,000 systems have been installed benefiting more than 390,000 people with CO2 savings of around 167,000 tonnes per year.

2014 Update

Over 110,000 plants are now in use, benefiting over 550,000 people and saving around 240,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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Cooking on a biogas stove, Kim Thanh District, Vietnam
Pouring slurry from a biogas plant on cabbage garden, Dong Xuan, Soc Son Province, Vietnam
Using a biogas stove, Bac Son Commune, Soc Son Province, Vietnam
Hoang Kim Giao
Director, Biogas Project Division
298 Kim Ma Street R 104, 2G Building, Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound
Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi