Today, UPM obtained registration approval from China’s National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) for its first Sichuan Rural Household Biogas Projects under the Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs) standard, with effective registration date as per 1st January 2016. The projects combined will avoid an annual average of 106,800 tCO2e during the ten-year project lifetime, with a crediting period starting from 1st January 2015.

Developed in partnership with UPM long-time partner Chengdu Oasis and with the approval and cooperation of the Sichuan Rural Energy Office (SREO), the projects are supporting around 27,600 Sichuan rural households in total by installing biogas digesters on their farm. 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, replacing coal as fuel.

The Projects at a Glance

  Sichuan Rural Household Biogas Project (SC01) Sichuan Rural Household Biogas Project (SC02)
GHG Emission Reduction 52,825 tCO2e/year average 53,980 tCO2e /year average
Number of Households 13,800 Households 13,798 Households
Locations Miangyang, GuangAn, Suining, Leshan, Meishan, Aba Leshan, Neijiang, Zigong, Yibin, Luzhou..
Start date of the project 13 March 2012 3 September 2011


To avoid double-counting of biogas plants, UPM and its local partners have applied a similar methodology than the one used for the Sichuan Poor-Rural Household Biogas PoA: unique ID number per biogas digester installed; household data collected by local offices of the Rural Energy Office and checked at provincial level by the SREO; all data cross-checked by Oasis team thanks to a database developed for the PoA. In addition, Chengdu Oasis is the only approved developer of CCER projects in the related area.

The projects will start their verification process in the coming weeks and are expected to have their first issuance of CCER carbon credits by summer 2016. Based on current guidelines, those CCERs will be eligible in three of the seven Chinese ETS pilots (Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin) as well as in voluntary carbon markets.

For more information about the projects and the availability of upcoming CCERs, please contact:

Martin Dilger, Managing Director, UPM Germany
mdilger(at), T: +49 89 1222197 – 50


Gaiai Guo, Vice General Manager, UPM China
guog(at), T: +86 10 6468 0500 – 13

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