There are direct links between SNV’s work in RE and the Agriculture sector through, amongst others, the sustainable supply of biomass (energy crops and biomass residues) and energy production for agro/forestry-based SMEs (e.g. ethanol and biogas for powering processing, harvesting and preservation of agro products). RE furthermore contributes to improved agricultural practices (e.g. bio-slurry from bio digesters for improving crop productivity). Reduced fuel-wood use contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and connects directly to our work in REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).
The integration of toilets in biogas facilities creates synergies with our work in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. In general, attention is given to the question of how economic growth can be sustainable in the context of the conflicting demands on natural resources (water, land, energy) posed by issues such as climate change, population pressure and urbanisation.