Project details
1095 ยท Biomass
  • Raipur, India
Biomass in IndiaMost power plants in India continue to draw their energy from fossil fuels, resulting in high CO2 emissions. The power plant of Godawari Power and Ispat Limited in the state of Raipur was built with the support from carbon finance and now generates electricity from biomass. New boilers have been installed and the biomass is burned in a targeted manner. The emerging steam drives special turbines which generate electricity. As biomass, a regional product is used: rice husks. The cultivation of rice is an important source of income here. Traditionally, the grain is peeled in mills and the remaining husks get composted or burned in the open. Now they are collected within a radius of 50 km, transported to the power plant and used to generate electricity. The project improves the regional supply of renewable energy as well as the economic situation of local residents. A former waste product has become a valuable raw material. Farmers achieve higher income from their harvest, as they now may sell both the husks and the corn.
How biomass projects help contribute to climate change

Biomass refers to organic residues such as tree branches, leaves, sawdust, wood chips or coconut shells. Those are of a biogenic, non-fossil nature that can be used to generate renewable energy. One way to generate renewable energy, among others, is to fire kilns using biomass. This process prevents harmful smoke and large quantities of CO2 to be released.

As an additional greenhouse gas reduction measure, biomass climate projects mostly prevent biomass from rotting in the open air, so that no methane (CH4) is released.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-BeingIn the remote village of Kachhe AariDongri Mines, a first-aid centre was set up and a yearly free health checkup camp is organized for all villagers.
Quality EducationFinancing of scholarships, improvement of school infrastructure, employment of 17 Community Teachers to provide education to 200 handicapped students
Gender EqualityWomen can use a free centre for sewing and tailoring work and earn money; protection of women at work in the power station
Clean Water and SanitationInstallation of a drinking water well, deepening of a pond, supply of drinking water to villages during the dry season
Affordable and Clean EnergyThe Project activity involves installation of new boiler units and refurbishment of existing turbine units for the generation of 20 MW of electricity.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthNew jobs are created for the collection and transport of biomass.
Climate ActionThe project saves approximately 107,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Life on LandHarmful environmental influences due to energy generation from fossil fuels are avoided. In the last monitoring period (2020-2021) 7000 saplings have been planted.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologyBiomassRegionRaipur, IndiaEstimated annual emission reductions90,000 t CO2Verified byKBS Certification Services Pvt. Ltd. (KBS)