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From Waste to Fuel: Improving Agriculture and Livelihoods in MexicoHB

Project Location Mexico
Climate Impact  ~385,000 tonnes carbon avoidance over 10 years
Community Impact Improved livelihood for 3000 farming households

SDG Impact

Project Details

The project provides small-scale and subsistence farmers with cookstoves, biofuel, and organic fertilizer that generate savings, increase crop yields and incomes, helping improve livelihoods. Over the course of 4 years starting from April 1, 2021, 3000 farming households across Mexico will participate and begin contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions over 10 years. Read more.

Project Type: Livestock Methane Emissions Avoidance

The cookstoves are fueled by the transformation of organic waste into methane-rich biogas that connects directly into the home. Similarly to how a cow’s digestive system works, the organic inputs are broken down anaerobically. The resulting gas is captured for use in a variety of applications in the home and on the farm. The transformation also produces a byproduct of organic material that can be used as natural fertilizer for crops, compost, and more. 

The carbon revenue for this project subsidizes the installation of systems which include the cookstoves, the biodigester, fuel lines, and additional infrastructure. This makes the technology economically accessible to low-income farmers, helping to better meet demand for and expand the scale of biogas technology in this region for more families.

The project reduces emissions in two key ways. First, the systems reduce methane emissions from organic waste by capturing and burning the gas, preventing emissions that would otherwise come from the decomposition process. Secondly, the farmers participating in this project currently rely heavily on fuelwood or liquid petroleum gas to meet their energy needs. These systems displace those former energy sources with biogas. Most often used to fuel cookstoves, the biogas can also be used for heating the home, heating water or running mechanical equipment on the farm such as generators and fertilizer spreaders. 

Farmers participating in the project are supported by technical engagement teams in their area, thanks to our implementation partner, that offer information and education, provide installation and support to operate the systems, and also help measure usage. This video from our partner demonstrates one of these systems in action on one family farm. Once all 3000 systems are installed and operating, the project is expected to avoid approximately 60,000 metric tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions per year.

Impacts & Benefits

The installation of these systems on subsistence farms can lead to multi-faceted benefits:

  • The use of biogas powered cookstoves and water heaters protect forests and biodiversity and improves indoor air quality by displacing the need for firewood in some homes.
  • Families have an increase in income from the money they save on energy by displacing the use of liquid petroleum gas with biogas.
  • Farmers and their families benefit from a reduction in agrochemical pollution and save money on inputs with organic, farm-generated fertilizer that displaces the use of chemical fertilizers.
  • The project helps advance SDG 7 and 8 which strive to ensure access to affordable energy and promote sustained economic growth.

Validation and Verification

This project has been validated under the Gold Standard, using its GS TPDDTEC v3.1 methodology, which can be viewed or downloaded here. The pertinent data and calculation methods needed to independently reproduce and verify the number of emission reduction credits to be issued are described in that methodology and in the validated project description document, which can be viewed or downloaded here. Support of this project is subject to Native’s Terms and Conditions.

How to get involved

To learn more about this project, or how your organization can get involved, send us a note. We look forward to discussing ways we can work together to catalyze climate action.

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