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SNV Works for Biogas Development in Vietnam

During the 2003-2015 period, the Netherlands Development Organisation - SNV deployed its “Biogas Program for the Animal Husbandry Sector in Vietnam” in 58 provinces and cities, contributing to the improvement of the livestock husbandry environment and reduction of production costs for farmers.
The National Biogas Program with support from the Dutch government was initiated by SNV in 2003 and  up to 2015 has covered 58 provinces and cities in Vietnam. So far, there have been 145,000 biogas digesters installed with 725,000 people benefitting; 1,064 provincial and district technicians and 1,668 biogas masons trained as well as thousands of seminars and training courses held, encouraging hundreds of thousands of people in Vietnam to use biogas.

Chuong My (Hanoi) is the first district that has massively applied biogas technology in all its livestock husbandry households. Local residents are aware of the benefits of biogas and receive training from the Biogas Program for the Animal Husbandry sector in Vietnam sponsored by the Livestock Husbandry Department and SNV.

Program officers and experts of SNV introduce the usage of biogas in husbandry households
at the office of the “Biogas Programme for the Animal Husbandry Sector of Vietnam”. 

SNV’s Sector Leader of Renewable Energy Dagmar Zwebe said that Biogas Program
was registered the Golden Standard to help improving the life and technology sustainably. 

Constructing biogas digester according to SNV’s instruction. 

The team led by Ho Van Han constructs the 1020th biogas digester for farmers in Chuong My District. 

Biogas is used in cooking to save energy.

SNV’s officers examine the project launched in Thai Binh Province. Photo: File

SNV’s officers instruct to famers in Vinh City, Nghe An Province. 

Documentations of the Biogas Programme are provided sufficiently to the farmers. 
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SNV inaugurates the 100,000th Biogas works in Vietnam. 

When we arrived in Duyen Ung Hamlet, Lam Dien Commune, Chuong My District (Hanoi), the team of Ho Van Han was finalising a biogas digester for Nguyen Thi Sau’s family. This was the 1020th construction Han completed in his neighbourhood. Involved in this biogas project since 2006, Han believes that biogas technology helps enhance the environment and provides clean fuel and fertiliser for cultivation.

Commenting on the program, Dr. Tong Xuan Chinh, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Livestock Husbandry Department and Director of the Project, affirmed, “The project has contributed to the sustainable and market-oriented development of biogas technology in Vietnam, the maintenance of wealth of livestock husbandry households with biogas digesters and the improvement of the rural environment”.

This project has positively helped Vietnam in its poverty reduction and hunger elimination as well as its fight against climate change. In 2010, the project was awarded the Ashden – Sustainable Award for effort in the distribution of biogas technology across Vietnam on a massive scale with the aim of improving the living standards for Vietnamese farmers. In 2012, it won the Humanitarian Award at the World Energy Forum held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


(Steven Von Eije, SNV’s Associate Advisor on Renewable Energy)

"Installing a biogas digester, a household can reduce on average 5tonnes of CO2 emissions/year and cut down on energy costs by 120 dollars/year."

Story: Bich Van - Photos: Tran Thanh Giang & Files