Biogas Solutions Uganda Ltd (BSUL) is the national implementing agency for biogas activities in Uganda. By 2020 it has constructed more than 8,000 biogas digesters in rural farming areas. The BSUL was founded by the African Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP), a partnership between the Dutch government, Hivos and SNV Netherlands Development Organization. ABPP has supported national programmes in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, 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.
Domestic biodigesters provide a way for individual households with livestock to reduce their dependence on polluting firewood and expensive fossil fuels. Cooking on biogas is fast and smokeless. It improves the health of especially women and children. The slurry left over from the biogas process is an excellent organic fertilizer that can be applied to improve crop yields. The programme places significant emphasis on informing biogas plant owners on the value of bioslurry as a potential source of income.
The BSU programme starts up biogas construction enterprises to market, build and maintain biodigesters. Currently there are 10 private enterprises providing biogas in 83 districts across the country.
The BSU conducts research in new technologies and appliances to increase biogas uptake. This has led, among others, to the introduction of a new digester model that saves on coment and bricks (cost saving of nearly 20%). The programme also places significant emphasis on the use of bioslurry as organic fertilizer for improved crop production and a potential source of income. Biogas plant owners now know the value of the bioslurry and use it to support good agriculture practices. In 2018, an organisation was founded that started the commercialisation of bioslurry (selling bioslurry from farmers with a surplus supply to farmers without a biodigester).
Fact & Figures
Main partner: Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP)
Start of the programme: 2009
Results till March 2020:
- 8,221 smoke-free kitchens / 45,200 direct beneficiaries;
- 145,400 tCO2 reduced
- 70,300 ton of wood saved
- 7,892 households using bioslurry to increase agricultural production
- 330 Euro savings per household per year
- 5 active Biogas Market Hubs
- 10 active Biogas Construction Enterprises
This programme is registered under Gold Standard.