Domestic biogas provides a sustainable way for individual households with livestock to reduce dependence on firewood and expensive fossil fuels: a biogas digester converts the dung into biogas that can be used for cooking and lighting. The slurry left over from this process is also an excellent organic fertiliser that can be used to improve crop yields.
The Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme, also called the BIRU programme, is managed and implemented by Hivos with technical assistance from SNV – Netherlands Development Organization, in cooperation with national and local stakeholders. The programme was funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta and was established in close cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
The first phase of the programme aimed to construct 8,000 biogas digesters in a period of four years (2009-2012). The programme aimed to distribute biogas digesters as a local sustainable energy source by developing a commercial, market-oriented sector for them that also provides job and business opportunities for masons and partner organisations in construction. Moreover, the programme also provided a flat subsidy (investment incentive) of USD 220 per digester, benefiting poorer farmers more than better off farmers. The BIRU programme is planning to install another 4,000 digesters by 2014. The current programme focuses on 9 provinces, and the second phase will include at least 12 provinces.
|Location||Indonesia, East Asia and Pacific|
|Value||EUR 3.31 Million|