Community biogas energy, Kenya


Rural families in Kenya have traditionally relied on wood fired cook stoves. Burning wood produces harmful, indoor air pollution and this pollution is a leading cause of premature death in developing countries, responsible for an estimated 2-4 million deaths annually.
These stoves also emit carbon-intensive smoke into the atmosphere and require large amounts of wood fuel, which plays a big part in the continued deforestation of Kenya.

7 percent

is the remaining area of Kenya covered by forest.

42 percent

of the population lives below the extreme poverty line.

The project

This Gold Standard certified project works to solve this problem by providing biodigesters to individual households. The programme was founded by the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP), a partnership between the Dutch government, Hivos and SNV Netherlands Development Organization.
Domestic biodigesters provide a way for households with livestock to reduce their dependence on polluting firewood and expensive fossil fuels. Cooking on biogas is fast and smokeless, improving family health, especially among women and children. 

Reducing emissions and deforestation

This is a certified carbon credit project, that saves approximately 171, 000 tonnes of co2 each year and leads to less local deforestation by removing the need to cut down forest. We also love how the project improves people’s health and living conditions. Thanks to this project, thousands of Kenyan households now have access to affordable, clean energy and people are less likely to suffer from eye and respiratory illnesses. The project also improves safety and wellbeing due to 40 – 50% less time and effort spent collecting firewood.

Climate solution #26



Small biogas reactors that can be installed in homes and communities to enable cooking with biogas instead of wood and charcoal stoves which have health and environmental consequences. It is projected that by 2050, small biogas digesters that digest animal and crop wastes can replace 57-87 million inefficient cookstoves in countries in Asia and Africa. The cumulative result: 4.6-9.7 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided at a net cost of $23-$49 billion.


This project is verified by the Gold Standard. You can view it on the Gold Standard registry here.

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals recognized by this project

As an Sprout member your money goes towards supporting projects that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the goals recognized by the Kenya biogas project:

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