2012 International Workshop on Domestic Biogas


“Learning from national domestic biogas programmes in Asia; mapping opportunities for resourcing of biogas sectors including carbon financing”
20-22 November 2012, Chengdu, China


Asia is the centre of domestic biogas development, with the People’s Republic of China having installed more than 42 million units (by the end of 2011) and India about 4.4 million units (by the end of March 2011) based on strong government support. With support by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Nepal, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Cambodia, followed by Lao PDR, Indonesia, Pakistan and Bhutan, have started market-based national programmes aiming to develop sustainable, commercially viable biogas sectors. By the end of 2011, more than 430,000 biogas plants were installed in these eight countries, including units installed through other projects.

More than fifty different organisations currently cooperate in the Working Group on Domestic Biogas convened by SNV under the Energy for All Partnership (E4ALL) initiated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The objective of this group is the construction of one million domestic biogas plants across fifteen Asian countries by 2016, providing access to sustainable energy to five million people. Whereas for the giant biogas countries, China and India, the focus of the E4ALL efforts will be solely on innovation, scaling-up is aimed for the eight Asian countries with existing national programmes. In addition, the launch of feasible programmes is targeted for five new countries.

Since 2005, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) has supported the Asia Biogas Programme covering biogas programmes in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. A Mid-Term Review (MTR) of these programmes was executed in 2008. Early 2012, SNV has initiated both internal and external evaluations to extract lessons that will inform further development of the domestic biogas programmes in Asia and possibly also in other parts of the world.

More recently, efforts on the generation of carbon credits from national biogas programmes have resulted in success for among others Cambodia, India, Nepal and China. The question is if and how carbon financing can be further increased in these countries, but also applied in other countries with a sizable programme. This type of financing could be coupled with temporary public funding and debt funding opportunities to achieve financial sustainability of national programmes on domestic biogas.

Against this background, SNV and the Biogas Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture (BIOMA) of China, in cooperation with the ADB/E4ALL, are organising an International Workshop on Domestic Biogas in Chengdu, China.

Objective of the workshop, expected outputs and number of participants:

This workshop has two specific objectives:

  • To evaluate the performance of the national programmes on domestic biogas from 2005 to 2012 and to assess the outlook of these programmes up to 2016. Expected output is an outline of the main issues, lessons learnt and prospects by country;
  • To present and discuss the latest developments and opportunities on (carbon) financing of national programmes on domestic biogas. Expected output is a (carbon) finance mobilisation plan for all countries with a (proposed) national programme on domestic biogas (for China and India limited to innovative programmes).

A total of one hundred persons are expected to participate in the workshop, consisting of selected delegations from fifteen countries in Asia (in total sixty persons), of representatives from ADB and other potential external financers (twenty persons) and of stakeholders from the biogas sector in China (twenty persons).

Date, venue, language, organisation and funding:

The workshop will be conducted from 20 to 22 November, 2012 in Chengdu, China. English will be the workshop language; no translation facilities will be made available. The event will be organised by SNV and BIOMA and funded by the ADB/E4ALL and SNV.

Tentative programme:

The workshop will feature both plenary and parallel sessions. On the second day, BIOMA will organise a field visit. The tentative programme is as follows:

Tuesday, 20 November:

  • Key presentations on the evaluation of national programmes on domestic biogas
  • Country-based working sessions
  • Presentation of the key results of the country-based working sessions

Wednesday, 21 November:

  • Field visit organised by BIOMA

Thursday, 22 November:

  • Progress on carbon financing of national programmes on domestic biogas
  • Overview of funding opportunities for national programmes on domestic biogas
  • Group discussions on carbon financing and funding opportunities
  • Presentation of the results of the group discussions

The programme will be finalised and distributed in October 2012.

Participation, registration, and sponsoring:

The workshop is open to all interested stakeholders. There is no registration fee, but all related (logistical) costs and arrangements must be borne by workshop attendees. ADB and SNV will invite a number of stakeholders to participate in the workshop on the basis of sponsorship.


For further information, to register or to discuss workshop sponsorship opportunities, please contact SNV Renewable Energy Network Leader, Mr. Wim J. van Nes on wvannes@snvworld.org before the end of September 2012.

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