This is an important benchmark of the 7-year-long journey of the programme. The lucky 5-member household that owns the 100,000th biogas plant is Mr. Ngo Van Son’s, located in Soc Son district of Hanoi. The family opted for a 20 m3 digester to dispose of the waste of their 30 pigs, and produce gas for cooking, lighting and organic fertilizer for their small tea estate.

From 2003-2010, the Vietnam Biogas Programme, with technical assistance from SNV, contributed to the construction of more than 100,000 biogas plants in 44 provinces out of the total 64 provinces. The Programme has directly benefited 500,000 people in rural areas in tackling the twin problems of dangerous cooking practices and untreated animal waste. Also, employment creation reached nearly two million labour days. By the end of 2011, the Biogas Programme aims to have built 164,000 biogas plants, reaching 800,000 people, with biogas households seeing reductions in energy costs of 65%.

In 2006, the Vietnam Biogas Programme was presented with the Energy Globe Award for its significant contribution to the reduction of climate change. In 2010, the Programme was presented with Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy, for, in the words of the judges: “their highly successful partnership which has enabled the distribution of biogas technology across Vietnam on a massive scale in a way that is both sustainable and has the potential for further expansion. By popularizing the use of biogas among pig farmers, this programme has tackled Vietnam’s waste problem and has brought tremendous benefits to farming families.”

For more information, please consult:

Biogas Program for the Animal Husbandry Sector in Vietnam

Renewable Energy at SNV