Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme

Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme is an innovative public-private partnership financing program that makes sustainable energy accessible to more farmers and entrepreneurs in Indonesia.

Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme

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.


  • Royal Netherlands Embassy, Indonesia

    Indonesia | Staff size: Unknown

    The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has more than 150 embassies, consulates and permanent representations to international organizations all over the world. Besides, there are about 360...

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) - The Netherlands

    Funding Agencies
    Netherlands | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes the interests of the Kingdom abroad. The Ministry coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy at its headquarters in The Hague and through its...

  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)

    Development Consulting, Service Providers
    Netherlands | Staff size: 1001-5000

    SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, they have built a long-term, local presence in many of the poorest countries in...

  • Hivos International

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    Netherlands | Staff size: 251-500
    Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to...
  • Rabobank

    Investment & Finance
    Netherlands | Staff size: 10,000+

    Rabobank Group is a full-range financial services provider that operates on cooperative principles. Its origins lie in the local loan cooperatives that were founded in the Netherlands nearly 110...

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

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Key Information

LocationIndonesia, East Asia and Pacific
  • Start Date 2009
  • End Date 2014
  • ValueEUR 3.31 Million