BIOGAS plants Maharashtra
Clean Energy from Biomass
District Maharashtra, INDIA*
About 115 million people live in the Indian state of Maharashtra. They use firewood as the first source of energy. A household in the region needs about 5 kilos of wood per day.
Since the firewood does not come from sustainable forestry, the high wood consumption in the region goes hand in hand with the deforestation of entire areas. The effects are also not long in coming: soil degradation and the progressive desertification of large areas make agricultural use of the areas almost impossible. Crop yields from small farmers are endangered.
Surface water from the silted-up soils is difficult to store, 1 the risk of flooding increases.
In the rural areas of the State of Maharahtra, living conditions for the
People additionally difficult. This is not only because longer distances have to be traveled to collect the firewood. This takes time to do more important things to do every day.
Climate protection taken seriously - through own fossil-fuel phase-out
According to the Climate Protection Index 2017 (Germanwatch), India ranks with place 20 nine places before (!) Germany in the international climate change ranking.
And though India is one of the ten largest carbon emitters due to its population of 1.3 billion, its per capita emissions are still at a relatively low level. However, the country’s emissions are currently rising fast. About 25 percent of the increase in power consumption is covered by renewable energies, but there is still enough room for improvements.
India’s government intends to quadruple the share of renewable energies by 2022. Today, power from solar panels is already the cheapest source of energy in India. All coal-fired power stations should be dismantled by 2026. In 58 developing countries, including India, wind and solar energy is now cheaper than fossil-fuel power. (Bloomberg)
With our climate protection projects from India, we support climate protection efforts of the central government, which has been a true pioneer in the past for years, compared to Germany. Germany as alleged climate protection pioneer today and probably also the next decades, is funding the brown coal distribution with billions of public money.