Xuyong Biogas Household Gold Standard Project

Clean, Affordable and Convenient Biogas for Poor Rural Households

Carbon Offsetting
Renewable energy
Sustainable sanitation

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Key facts

  • Location: Xuyong County, Luzhou City, Sichuan, China
  • Project Type: Renewable Energy – household biogas
  • AnnualGHG Emissions Reduction: 4,500 tCO2e
  • Included Households: 2,000
  • Project Standard: Gold Standard
  • Project IDs: GS 1033
  • Project Status: Registered and with issuance of GS VERs


The rural areas in Sichuan Province are among the poorest in China. With an average annual per capita cash income of only roundabout 500 Euro, the province contains 43 counties that have been officially defined as national poverty counties in order to facilitate government assistance in the improving of their economic conditions.

The situation has even worsened as a heavy earthquake has claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 people in Sichuan in 2008, leaving another 4.8 million homeless. Furthermore, more than 12 million animals of productive livestock have been killed during the devastating event.

Project Description

The project target is to support up to 2,000 poor Sichuan farmer households by installing efficient biogas digesters on their premises. These proven and reliable systems reduce methane emissions originating from the widely used pits to store animal manure and provide the households with clean biogas for cooking, heating and lighting.

By granting an upfront payment of 500 to 1,000 RMB – in addition to an existing national subsidy scheme – only to those farmers that cannot afford the digester system despite the government aid, the recipients are enabled to raise the necessary investment and to start construction.


Since this project is integrated into the existing infrastructure framework of UPM’s Sichuan Biogas Programme of Activities (PoA), the Rural Energy Offices in Sichuan will additionally provide the project households with free annual maintenance service and on-demand technical support.

Due to the reduction of methane emissions originating from the pits and of carbon dioxide emissions caused by the common use of coal and wood as cooking fuel, the 2,000 chosen households account for an annual GHG emission reduction of approximately 4,500 t CO2e.

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Contribution to achieving UN sustainable development goals

The proposed project activity will contribute to a local sustainable development in the areas economic, social, environmental and technological development.

Zhang Hui, with his corn harvest, Xuyong
Mu Qilian, in his vegetable garden, Xuyong
Household with digester, Xuyong