Engro Biomass CDM Project

Engro Biomass CDM Project

Biomass-based energy cogeneration

Climate action project development

Key facts

  • Location
    Muridke, Pakistan
  • Project Type
    Renewable energy – Biomass Fuel Switch
  • Annual GHG Emissions Reduction
    38,597 tCO2e
  • Project Standard
  • Project IDs
  • Project Status


Engro Corporation Limited is one of Pakistan’s largest conglomerates with businesses ranging from fertilizers to power generation. Currently Engro Corporation’s portfolio consists of seven businesses which include chemical fertilizers, PVC resin, a bulk liquid chemical terminal, industrial automation, foods, power generation and commodity trade. Engro Foods Limited has specialized in dairy products, such as ice cream, and is now starting sales from its own rice processing plant.

In addition to growing its business in a profitable, ethical and sustainable way, Engro is committed to invest in local communities, as well as to mitigate its environmental footprint and to help preventing further global warming.

Project Description

Project owner Engro Foods Supply Chain (pvt.) Ltd. intends to utilize renewable biomass residues in a biomass boiler for captive energy use in its greenfield Integrated Rice Processing Complex. The biomass-based cogeneration plant will generate thermal energy and electrical energy in one process.

As the project is a greenfield project, no pre-project-activity can be identified. Both scenarios, baseline and project scenario are predictions of the future situation of thermal energy generation for the rice processing plant. The project scenario is steam production with a 30 tonnes per hour (TPH) boiler running on biomass, whereas the baseline scenario is steam production with a 30 TPH boiler running on natural gas. The estimated annual GHG emission reduction by replacing fossil fuel is approximately 38,597 tCO2e.

All project equipment is locally sourced, thereby implying no technology transfer but higher local value creation. The technology being applied is environmentally safe and sound, as the designed efficiency of the boiler is 89% and as an ash handling system (wet scrubber, several ash collection points) will moreover be installed in order to minimize ash emissions into the atmosphere.

The total installed thermal energy generation capacity is projected to be less than 45 MW thermal, therefore the project activity is small scale.


Services provided

  • Pre-feasibility Study
  • Registration under CDM

Sustainable development goals MORE DETAILS

No Poverty

No Poverty

The project owner will contribute to mitigating poverty in the region by purchasing biomass from local farmers and establishing a local biomass market which will increase their income.
Affordable and Clean Energy

Affordable and Clean Energy

By using abundant biomass from agricultural residues as a fuel for cogeneration of steam and electricity, the project promotes the utilization of a renewable and sustainable form of energy. This not only ensures energy supply for the rice processing plant with a view to Pakistan’s unstable electricity grid but also helps to reduce Pakistan’s dependency on dirty and expensive fossil fuels.
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

As the operation of a biomass-fired boiler implies an increased workload compared to a natural gas boiler, the proposed project will result in an increased demand for locally hired labour. This, in turn, will lead to a higher number of jobs created by the project compared to its baseline scenario and therefore foster economic growth in the project area.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Thermal energy production with biomass is not common in Pakistan, as fossil fuel still scores as the most used source of energy for thermal energy production. By promoting biomass as a sustainable and clean form of energy, the project establishes new energy know-how, thus positively affecting the sustainable technological development of the area.
Climate Action

Climate Action

The annual GHG emissions reduction due to the fuel switch from natural gas to biomass is approximately 39,000 tCO2e. This helps Pakistan to achieve its climate protection targets.

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