After having successfully obtained its fifth issuance on 29 January 2019 with nearly 830,000 Gold Standard CERs, all vintage 2017, UPM’s Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme has recently also been extended for another seven years until 10 April 2026.
Under the programme, nearly 400,000 small-holder farmer households in Sichuan have been equipped with proven biogas digesters and are receiving free maintenance services. These devices save methane emissions by converting previously untreated animal manure into clean biogas which can then be used conveniently for cooking, heating and lighting instead of burning coal and firewood in open fireplaces with lots of carbon dioxide emissions and harmful smoke.
Microsoft has recently purchased a significant number of credits from the project as part of its commitment to operate carbon neutrally. Microsoft first supported the project in 2015. Its offset portfolio, which is created and managed by Natural Capital Partners, supports high quality emission reduction projects which also empower sustainable development for local communities.
In addition to achieving access to sustainable and affordable energy, the participating households report much better health due to significantly reduced indoor air pollution. Through the improved waste management process, water quality and sanitary conditions are improved as well as increasing the use of organic digestate as a natural fertilizer on their fields instead of inferior synthetic fertilizers and dangerous pesticides. The project has also created thousands of jobs related to biogas digester construction and maintenance in rural Sichuan.
For UPM’s Managing Director, Martin Dilger, buyers like Microsoft deliver critical finance to enable the project to be sustainable. “We are very proud to have been selected as one of Microsoft’s projects. This sort of corporate demand has made it possible to keep our programme alive and enable so many people in the mountains of Sichuan to improve their quality of life significantly.”
Your contacts at UPM for the Sichuan Household Biogas PoA and its GS CERs are:
Martin Dilger, Managing Director, UPM Germany
mdilger(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +49 89 1222197 – 50
Gaiai Guo, Vice General Manager, UPM China
guog(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +86 10 6468 0500 – 13