10,000 biogas plants to be installed in Tanzania with support from the Government & Norwegian Embassy


Following the implementation of 12,000 bio-digesters that benefitted more than 70,000 Tanzanian people, the Tanzania Domestic Biogas Programme (TDBP) will continue to install 10,000 more biogas plants over a two-year period (2016-2017) with support from Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA).

The contribution amounts to approximately USD 1.6 million. With this commitment from the Government of Tanzania, supported by the Norwegian Embassy, we expect that the biogas industry in the country will continue to consolidate itself and contribute to increased access to clean, modern energy in rural and peri-urban areas. The support from Norway through REA is complementary to the DGIS-funded Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP) managed by Hivos, which  contributes more than USD 3 million to the TDBP during the same period.

The financing from REA will mainly be used to provide investment discounts to households who plan to buy a biogas plant. These discounts will be channelled through the private enterprises that build the biogas plants. So far, more than 60 enterprises have already been established through the TDBP. In addition to the investment discounts, the REA financing aims to expand the biogas market to new areas and facilitate the use of biogas in institutions like schools and prisons. The REA-financed project is managed by SNV, building on the operational capacity of TDBP.

TDBP started operations in 2009 as part of the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP). ABPP is a joint venture between the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS), Hivos and SNV. The aim of TDBP is to develop a market for domestic biogas digesters and facilitate the large-scale dissemination of domestic biogas in the country.

Biogas provides a sustainable opportunity for individual households with livestock to reduce dependency on firewood and fossil fuels and benefit from modern and clean energy as well as a potent organic fertiliser. Consequently, socio-economic living conditions, employment rates and environmental sustainability are considerably boosted, while reducing emissions and contributing to mitigation of climate change. Find out more about our projects and impact in the biogas industry and check out the media coverage of this important milestone in Tanzania:

Martijn Veen

Global Sector Head - Energy