NEPAL: Biogas technology beginning to make its mark.
The Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 6 December 2007.

"KATHMANDU, 6 December 2007 (IRIN) - Over six million tonnes of carbon
emissions could be avoided in the next five years by Nepal through
large-scale use of biogas, according to climate change experts.

In Nepal, biogas systems are circular pits filled with cow dung.
Constructed near to people's homes, the gas they produce is piped to
where the cooking is done.

Biogas systems were first introduced in Nepal in the late 1950s and
thousands of families now use them.

The carbon emissions thus saved in Nepal may be small in comparison to
global emissions, but this is an example of how poor countries like
Nepal can help combat global warming.

Every biogas system in Nepal avoids nearly 7.5 tonnes of carbon
emissions per year. Poor Nepalese farmers and low-income rural families
use the systems most. Today, Nepal has the world's highest number of
biogas systems per capita, outnumbering China and India."

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