Promoting commercial biogas plants in Cambodia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Promoting commercial biogas plants in Cambodia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

PHNOM PENH, 6 July 2015 – A project that aims to increase rural electrification and energy access, and also mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Cambodia through promoting biogas plants, was today launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

With over USD 1.5 million of funding from the Global Environment Facility, the project will be jointly implemented by UNIDO, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It will promote investments in biogas-based rural electricity enterprises, particularly in piggery farms.

Sabo Osano, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, said that “Cambodia takes climate change very seriously in its development agenda - we aim to support building a greener, low-carbon and resilient society and to contribute to the global efforts in addressing climate change. This project of promoting commercial biogas plants will help Cambodia utilize biogas in a smart way to produce electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in support of the country’s sustainable development”.

Jossy Thomas of UNIDO’s Renewable Energy Unit, said: “The project will mobilize investments from the private sector to help install at least 1.5MW cumulative capacity of electricity, which will result in the reduction of 1.3 MtCO2e of GHG emissions directly and 3.3 MtCO2e indirectly through the project’s lifetime of 15 years.”

The launch brought together around 100 participants from relevant ministries, as well as development partners, and representatives of the private sector.

For more information, please contact:

Jossy Thomas
Officer-in-Charge, UNIDO Renewable Energy Unit