Two pioneering projects from India - a Karnataka firm
that provides biogas to thousands of rural families from
dung-based plants and a Kerala company involved in tackling
the problem of dumped food waste - are among 10 global
projects short-listed for the Ashden awards for sustainable
energy - popularly known as the `Green Oscars''.
Sangha from Karnataka and BIOTECH from Kerala will compete
with contenders from Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines,
China, Ghana, Lao PDR, Tanzania and Peru for the five
awards and the prize money.
U S vice president Al Gore will present the awards and
more than 200,000 pounds (Rs17 lakh) of prize money
meant to help project expansion and replication in other
communities both locally and nation-wide to the
winners at the Royal Geographical Society in London on
SKG Sangha has been selected for radically improving the
lives of thousands of rural families in Karnataka by supplying
them with both dung based biogas plants for cooking and
a specially designed unit that turns the slurry from the
biogas plant into high quality fertilizer.
units supplied by SKG Sangha produce fertiliser simply
by combing the slurry with straw and leaves and then adding
worms which re-digest the mixture to produce vermin-compost.
vermin-compost improves the yields of family crops and
women can earn as much from selling half the vermin-compost
they produce as the household earns from selling the crops
they grow. Since 1993, SKG Sangha has installed over 43,000
biogas plants in Karnataka alone.
has been selected for tackling the problem of dumping
of food waste in the streets of Kerala through the installation
of biogas plants that use the waste to produce gas for
cooking and, in some cases, electricity for lighting.
date BIOTECH has built and installed 12,000 domestic plants
(160 of which also use human waste from latrines to avoid
contamination of ground water), 220 institutional plants
and 17 municipal plants that use waste from markets to
Ashden Awards are a powerful reminder that well designed
and managed local sustainable energy initiatives can tackle
climate change while meeting the needs of local communities.
issues simultaneously in both rich and poor countries
is critical to addressing the twin planetary challenges
of climate change and sustainable development," Al