Asia is the centre of domestic biogas development, with the People’s Republic of China having installed more than 42 million units (by the end of 2011).

India had installed about 4.4 million units (by the end of March 2011). Both countries have provided strong government support to the sector.

With support from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, market-based national programmes have started in eight Asian countries. By the end of 2011, more than 430,000 biogas plants had been installed under these programmes.

More than fifty different organisations currently cooperate in the Working Group on Domestic Biogas convened by SNV under the Energy for All Partnership (E4ALL) initiated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The objective of this group is the construction of one million domestic biogas plants across fifteen Asian countries by 2016, providing access to sustainable energy to five million people.

More recently, efforts on the generation of carbon credits from national biogas programmes have resulted in success for among others Cambodia, India, Nepal and China. The question is if and how carbon financing can be further increased in these countries, but also applied in other countries with a sizable programme.

Against this background, SNV and the Biogas Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture (BIOMA) of China, in cooperation with the ADB/E4ALL, are organising an International Workshop on Domestic Biogas in Chengdu, China.

The workshop will be conducted from 20 to 22 November, 2012 in Chengdu, China.

For more information, or to register, download the first announcement of the workshop here: