Renewable energy, technologies

Renewable energy, technologies

The promotion of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies currently supported by the TABI project is primarily through the Biogas Pilot Project. This project supports the building of biogas units in villages, along with the necessary improvements in livestock husbandry for buffalo, cattle and pigs, whose faeces feeds the units. The use of biogas units promotes sustainable resource management and livelihood improvement by reducing the amount of firewood collected from the forest, and freeing up labour and time, especially for women and children.

Expected Impacts of the Subprojects:

On Agro-Biodiversity

  • Biogas production reduces the need to harvest firewood from the forest - reducing the pressure on forests and habitat trees
  • The biogas generation process encourages the intensification of animal breeding. This may reduce the requirement for many villagers to harvest products from the forest, such as NTFPs and wildlife.
  • Biogas plants produce renewable energy and reduce overall emissions of carbon dioxide when compared to some other energy generating methods.

On Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction

  • Reducing the requirement to collect firewood frees up time for villagers
  • Smoke from wood and charcoal stoves is linked to respiratory illness - using biogas leads to better health incomes
  • Biodigesters convert manure into gas and a highly effective fertilizer - less money is needed to be spent on both fuel for cooking and fertilizer.


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 Current Subprojects

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Number of villages

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Sustainable villager biogas facilities plant management and maintenance (#1)


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