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SNV Vietnam was rewarded for its innovation in tackling the twin problem of dangerous cooking practices and untreated animal waste. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, SNV launched a programme to convert the waste into energy via biogas digesters. The digesters provide clean, reliable energy for cooking and heating. They also reduce the health and environmental hazards associated with wood fuels, not to mention, the animal waste. Since 2003, over 80,000 systems have been installed, benefitting more than 400,000 people, with CO2 savings of around 167,000 tonnes per year.

The Vietnamese biogas programme is one of the seven domestic biogas programmes SNV supports in Asia. Since 1992, this resulted in 300,000 constructed biogas plants, improving the quality of life of 1.8 million people.

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