BOKU Climate Mitigation Projects
Small-scale bio-gas plants instead of deforestation and erosion
This BOKU climate mitigation project reduces CO2 emissions by using biogas plants. Increased cooking on open fires does not only lead to forests degradation, it also releases dangerous carbon compounds and increases soil erosion. The purchase of charcoal and firewood is increasingly becoming an economic burden for the local population. With the construction of small biogas plants and their proper commissioning, an alternative and energy-efficient cooking option is being offered through this initiative.
Strengthening of the community through solidarity implementation
The joint organization of the introduction of animal manure and the distribution of gas and fermentation residue (fertilizer) strengthens the sustainable development of the area. The bio-gas plants are based on a collaborative approach, in which households with more animals support households with fewer animals by introducing more animal manure into the plants. The produced bio-gas and fertilizer are distributed to the respective households in solidarity.
Seedlings and training courses flank the project
Households are provided with gas stoves and training as part of the project. They are also given seedlings so that they can use the fertilizer produced immediately. The scientific support of the project is provided by BOKU and the University of Gulu and offers opportunities for research by students and young scientists. Thus, this BOKU project not only makes a significant contribution to climate mitigation and adaptation but also improves the living situation in Uganda through co-benefits.