Hivos Carbon Credits website



The Kenya Biogas Programme provides biodigesters to individual households. The programme was founded by the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP), a partnership between the Dutch government, Hivos and SNV Netherlands Development Organization. ABPP has supported national programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, with Hivos as fund and programme manager. The overall objective of ABPP is to develop a commercially viable biogas sector that supports the use of domestic biogas as a local, sustainable energy source.

The approach of brokering partnerships between existing organisations and institutions, as well as starting new construction companies bears fruit. Since the start of the programme in 2009, over 17,000 biodigesters have been built across Kenya. Entrepreneurship is encouraged and so far nearly 100 masons have started their own business entities.

To enable many eligible clients to take up biogas technology, the programme has initiated credit partnerships with financial institutions. Working together with rural micro finance institutions and saving cooperatives, it ensures that biodigester buyers get most favorable credit terms. Income from carbon credit sales benefit directly biogas users in forms of after-sales support, bioslurry training and other useful services.

Facts & Figures (till March 2020)

  • 14,950 smoke-free kitchens
  • 103,440 direct beneficiaries
  • 365,200 tCO2 reduced
  • 223,000 ton of wood saved
  • 13,700 productive slurry users
  • 31 private enterprises
  • 107 full time jobs plus part-time unskilled day labour

The development benefits of the program are remarkable, according to a study conducted by Vivid Economics, commissioned by the Gold Standard, which was published in 2019. For more information click here.



This programme is registered under Gold Standard.