Vietnam’s Biogas Programme has won international recognition as a winner of the 2012 World Energy Awards.
The World Energy Forum has presented its 2012 awards, with the Humanitarian Award received by SNV and the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for their ground-breaking partnership in the ongoing Biogas Program for the Animal Husbandry Sector.
The programme was launched in 2003, since when it has supported the construction of over 140,000 biogas digesters, created employment for more than 5,700 masons and improved the lives of more than 700,000 people through enabling access to clean, safe and sustainable energy.
Now present in more than 52 of Vietnam's 63 provinces and municipalities, the programme targets low-income, rural livestock farmers. Through promoting the development of a commercially viable biogas sector, the programme contributes to both rural development and environmental protection – improving community health and sanitation, creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The award was presented at the opening ceremony of the World Energy Forum 2012 on October 22 in Dubai, UAE.
Accepting the award, MARD Deputy Director for Livestock Production, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Duong, said the international recognition gained by the programme had given the programme team further motivation to ensure more Vietnamese people would benefit from biogas in the years to come.
“The benefits are very real,” Mr. Duong said. “I will never forget the smile on a farmer’s face when she first lights her biogas powered cooking stove.”
Founded in 2008, the World Energy Forum is an international not-for-profit organisation that promotes cleaner and safer energy and sustainable development worldwide. The forum facilitates political will as well as research, technological advancement and capacity-building so as to achieve an energy-secure world.
This is the third international award won by the Biogas Programme, following the Energy Globe Award presented to the programme in 2006 and a 2010 Ashden Award for sustainable energy.