Biogas Program: Creating Clean Energy from Manure Management in Vietnam

  • 1. No Poverty
  • 7. Affordable Clean Energy
  • 8. Work + Economic Growth
  • 12. Responsible Consumption
  • 13. Climate Action

The Biogas Program is addressing health, energy, and environmental challenges while creating and supporting a sustainable commercial sector in Vietnam. The program provides technical assistance, training local workers to become technicians and biogas masons. It also raises awareness about how the technology is helping hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese, further increasing adoption of this renewable source of energy. In areas that lack adequate manure management, using biogas technology can help to address hygiene and odor issues. It also benefits the environment by reducing the pollution of waterways and greenhouse gas emissions. The clean energy produced by a digester can be used to power stoves for cooking, as well as appliances such as lamps and boilers. The generation of biogas also creates a valuable fertilizer by-product that increases farmers’ agricultural yields.

The Biogas Program began in 2003 and has now installed 150,000 digesters in 53 provinces. The project is implemented by the Vietnamese government’s Livestock Production Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in cooperation with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

The sale of Gold Standard carbon credits enables the program to train more people in digester construction and maintenance, thus reaching additional farm families.


  • World Energy Award (2012)
  • Ashden Award (2010)
  • Energy Globe Award (2006)

Key achievements:

  • 500,000 tonnes of CO2e saved per year
  • Trained over 2600 local people as masons and technicians
  • Reduced working time for women by 1.5-2.0 hours each day
  • Increased crop yields by 5-20% due to use of organic fertilizer by-product
  • 64,000 avoided cases of respiratory illness from indoor air pollution
“Since becoming program mason in 2003, I am keen on learning and enthusiastic to build qualified plants. The program provided me with a good job, higher income and improved life. I and my wife – Ms.Xo – have our mason team and we have over 800 plants in good operation that local villagers trust in.”
Mr. Man Van Hoan and Ms. Nguyen Thi Xo, mason in Yen Phong district, Bac Ninh province