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Xuyong Household Biogas


One Credit = One Metric Ton CO2e

This project develops household biogas digesters and cook stoves that capture methane emissions from manure pits at micro-scale farms, replace coal cookstoves with biogas ones, and improve indoor air quality in some of the poorest parts of Sichuan, China.



This Project Develops Cleaner, More Convenient Energy for Cooking

Xuyong_Cooking_with_FirewoodRegistered in 2012, the Xuyong Project is integrated into the existing infrastructure framework of the Sichuan Household Biogas Programme of Activities (PoA).

Xuyong County (敘永縣) is one of the 36 counties that have been officially defined as “national poverty counties” to qualify for economic assistance from the government. This project is targeted to support up to 2,000 poor Xuyong farmer households by installing efficient digesters on their premises.

These proven and reliable systems reduce methane emissions originating from the widely used pits to store animal manure and provide the households with clean biogas for cooking, heating and lighting.

In addition to financial aid from an existing national subsidy scheme for rural biogas promotion , the project reimburses a considerable portion of revenues from sales of its carbon credits to participating low-income farmers, thus creating an important incentive for qualifying rural households to invest in biogas digesters and start construction.

Xuyong_Rice_PaddiesThis project also helps reduce the time spent by women collecting firewood or traveling to purchase fuel, and reduces the amount of household income spent on cooking fuel.  Due to the reduction of methane emissions originating from the pits and of carbon dioxide emissions caused by the common use of coal and wood as cooking fuel, the 2,000 chosen households account for an annual GHG emission reduction of approximately 4,500 tCO2e (tons of CO2 equivalent).

Moreover, the manure treated in a biogas system has a much higher fertilizer quality than manure originating from incomplete digestion processes in the commonly used pits. It can therefore substantially increase the income of the project households and the quality of local environment.





Feedback from Xuyong Household Biogas Project Beneficiaries

Xuyong_Li_Chaoping_DigesterThe bio- slurry can be applied to the fields for growing crops. So I can reduce the costs for farming by spending less on chemical fertilizer. As the vegetables are free of pollution, we feel more confident eating them. The crops have also a better yield.”           —- Household Mr. Li Chaoping




Xuyong_Mu_Qilian_Vegetables 2“My name is Mu Qilian. I am 61 years old. There are six people in my family. My wife and I are both farmers. My daughter is married and is working outside. My grandson is a student. I use the money saved from the costs of fuel to support his education costs.”            — Household Mr. Mu Qilian







For more info about this project, please visit UPM Xuyong Household Biogas Project


Additional Information


Location: Xuyong County, Sichuan Province, China
Program: Gold Standard
Households: Up to 2,000
Annual Emission Reduction: 4,500 tCO2e
Period: 10 years
Registry: Markit



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  • Real: an offset must represent real emissions reductions that have already occurred (i.e. the reduction is not projected to occur in the future)
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