Woman working with biogas installation

india - clean cooking with biogas

In the FairClimateFund biogas project, households in rural India get access to a 100% sustainable and clean way of cooking. Cooking on biogas is better for health, climate and environment and saves households time and money.

In India, a large part of the rural population (800 million people) still cooks on an open fire. Burning biomass makes an important contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and air pollution. But cooking on an open fire not only has adverse effects on the climate, also on people’s health. In India, more than a million people die every year from inhaling harmful fumes from cooking.

Since 2009, FairClimateFund has been working with its local partner ADATS to supply biogas installations to 12,000 farming families in the Chickballapur district of Karnataka province. Organic waste (mainly cow droppings) is converted in an underground bio-digester into methane gas for cooking. About 2 cows are needed to provide an average household with sufficient gas for cooking on a daily basis. This clean way of cooking replaces the traditional way of cooking on an open fire.

The total impact of the project


co2 reduction

X thousand tonnes of CO2 reduced



X thousand biogasinstallations are used



X 1 million kilos wood (=436,000 trees) saved

The project in detail

When cooking with biogas, there is no smoke development, as when cooking on an open fire. This means health benefits for the whole family, in particular for women and children. In addition, women no longer have to fetch wood, cooking is easier and faster and it prevents black soot deposits in the house. On average, women save eight hours a week by using biogas. This time can be spent on family, household or economic activities.

Moreover, the bio slurry is a very good and free alternative to fertilizers. Various studies have shown that bioslurry has a very positive effect on agricultural productivity.

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