This project is completed

SNV Cambodia and the government’s National Biodigester Programme have supported the development of a market for household biodigesters since 2005.

Locally constructed biogas plants convert animal manure and human excrement into combustible methane gas, which can be used in simple gas stoves, rice cookers and lamps. Thanks to the reduced need for gathering or buying traditional fuels, biogas users save time and money while reducing deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

The first phase of the National Biodigester Programme (2005-2012) concentrated on the introduction, promotion and dissemination of the technology and on setting up sector infrastructure. The current phase (2013-2016) has a strong focus on strengthening all actors to ensure long-term sustainability. The programme is supported by EnDev, a multi-donor fund administered by the German development agency GIZ.

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