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In the Lao PDR, the utilization of modern cooking energy sources (as LPG and electricity) is very limited. More than 80% of households rely on firewood , whereas there are large quantities of methanisable agricultural waste available but not exploited yet. Over the past seven years, the Lao PDR has benefited of a large support from international NGO to develop household biogas digester in rural areas. Differents programs were developed with success limited because many aspects (cultural, economic, ...) have not been taken into account.

Nevertheless, the Government aims to sustain initiatives on biogas digester promotion by up-scaling the use of biogas by 50,000 in 2025 to reduce LPG imports and the use of firewood, charcoal and electricity for heating. Since 2013, LIRE has realized various field feedback studies in order to offer a vision of the biogas sector and develop a new approach to promote a local LPG sector in Lao PDR.

Project:Biogas Service Company and Sustainable Financing in Lao PDR” Project
Duration:2013-2015
Province:All the country
Project Partner / Donors:IREP
SPV Bio Energy Sole Co. Ltd
EEP Mekong
Project Description: The objective of the project was the development of a sustainable energy supply industry in Lao PDR which enhances socio-economic development while ensuring environmental and social protection in energy sector development. More specifically, the project aimed at establishing and demonstrating sustainable business and financing models for households, communities and also small handicraft companies’ biogas digesters in Lao PDR.
Project:Biogas End-User Survey (BUS) 2008 of the SNV Biogas Pilot Program (BPP)
Duration:2008
Province:Vientiane province
Project Partner / Donors:SNV
Project Description: The objective of the study was, to provide an accurate assessment of the impacts the"Biogas Pilot Program" (BPP) biogas digester installations on the end‐users and to collect informations on certain aspects of the programmes` delivery to allow further management improvements (broad overview of biogas users’ experiences).
Project:Mapping the Potential Market for Domestic Biodigesters in Lao PDR
Duration:2008
Province:Savannakhet, Xiengkhouang, Khammouane, Vientiane provinces
Project Partner / Donors:SNV
Project Description: The general objective of this study was to identify areas of Laos with a high potential demand for domestic biodigester in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of "Biogas Pilot Program" (BPP) promotion and management activities. The scope of the study was focused on four provinces: Savannakhet, Xiengkhouang, Vientiane and Khammouan wherein SNV BPP would expand its activities in 2009.
  • 2014: Biogas Service Company and Sustainable Financing in Lao PDR” Project - PDF (739 KB)
  • 2008: Mapping the Potential Market for Domestic Biodigesters in Lao PDR - PDF (7,43 MB)
  • 2008: Lao Biogas Pilot Program - PDF (3,71 MB)