In support of the goal to reduce our global carbon footprint by 15% by 2020, we offset the CO2 emissions associated with the travel to Hong Kong for our most recent Global Partners Conference. Through the carbon offsetting project, we supported 558 impoverished families in rural China by helping fund an initiative that gives low-income people access to clean, convenient and free biogas for cooking, heating and lighting.
The Sichuan Household Biogas Programme's aim is to install 1 million biogas digesters – which recover methane emissions from animal manure to provide clean fuel – and smoke-free cook stoves in one of the poorest regions in China.
Thanks to the initiative, the impoverished families in rural China are getting a chance to lead healthier, happier lives. The project helped not only to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but also to improve the respiratory health of residents in a region where air quality suffers dramatically from heavy reliance on coal for household fuel.
Additionally, our contribution has a multiplier effect that generates annual financial co-benefits through salaries and wages paid to local workers for constructing biogas digesters and the increase of disposable income for all supported low-income rural households (fuel switch etc.).
“I think that the main reason for building a digester is that it helps saving money. But it has also a lot of additional benefits: our home is now free of smoke, flies and smells. It is also much more convenient for me to manage our family business while taking care of the cooking. With more pigs we would even be able to use the biogas for lighting and heat water for the shower”.
Huang Mingying, resident of a small village in the Sichuan region