Total chooses to offset carbon by building biodigesters

11/13/2018

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TOTAL

WE CHOOSE TO OFFSET CARBON:

By making biogas work for farming communities in India

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Telangana

Map of the Indian Telangana State

Total voluntarily pledged to offset the CO2 emissions from all its company airplane travel .

 

(approx. 50,000 tons of CO2/year). 

At the end of 2017,

The Group signed a 10-year carbon offset pledge with the GoodPlanet Foundation, one of the biggest CO2 offset organizations.

 

We are making it happen by funding and managing a project in the heart of India to build biodigesters in the rural regions of Telangana.

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Telangana

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Map of the Indian Telangana State
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One goal:

8 400 biodigesters to help almost  50 000 people

One goal:

8 400 biodigesters to help almost  50 000 people

We chose India for two reasons: it plays a crucial role in achieving the Paris Climate Accord goals and the GoodPlanet Foundation already had experts on the ground. The GoodPlanet Foundation works with a local NGO called SKG Sangha that specializes in installing biodigesters. The biodigesters are being built with help from the people they will benefit: local families with two or more cows. They will then power them with manure from their animals. Produced through fermentation, the biogas will replace wood and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) for cooking and hot water.

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This technology makes biogas out of cattle manure

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Biodigesters are made by pouring concrete into molded sheet metal. Local tradespeople are commissioned to produce the molds.

Biodigesters create economic opportunity

Biodigesters create economic opportunity

Finished molds are brought to the villages where each one can make around 100 biodigesters.

Indian tradespeople will manufacture some 80 molds for the project.

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Description of how a biodigester works
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Biodigesters 

create biogas

They are concrete tanks used for fermenting organic material. Methane-producing microbes synthesize the biogas (CH4) during the fermentation process. Biodigesters have three parts:

-an inlet tank

-a fermentation tank

-a digestate storage tank.

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Reduction of deforestation.

Benefits for

the environment:

Women and children save time collecting firewood – or even stop altogether.

Benefits for

the community:

By decreasing the risk of respiratory and eye infections caused by indoor air pollution, it improves the living conditions of local populations, especially women and children.

Benefits for health:

Lessens the need to buy cooking fuel and synthetic chemicals to fertilize the soil.

Benefits for

the economy:

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Dashwant Rao - Farmer

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be as happy as we are.

I would like everyone to 

our lives a lot ...

 

The biodigester has changed

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without it.

Now we couldn't live 

like before...

 

I remember what it was

The project meets 15 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) issued by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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THE MAKING-OF

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Biodigesteurs create

biogas

It takes 110 lbs.

of manure every day to make enough biogas for 4 hours and cover a family’s needs..

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It takes 110 lbs. of manure every day to make enough biogas for 4 hours and cover a family’s needs.

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Biodigesteurs create

biogas

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Biodigesteurs create

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The fermentation tank

The manure and water mixture decomposes and produces biogas.

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Biodigesteurs create

biogas

The inlet tank

Each day, families put their animal waste and some water into their biodigester.

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The inlet tank

Each day, families put their animal waste and some water into their biodigester.

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The fermentation tank

The manure and water mixture decomposes and produces biogas.

It takes 110 lbs. of manure every day to make enough biogas for 4 hours and cover a family’s needs.

Digestate storage tank

Digestate contains fermentation runoff and can be used as an organic soil amendment. It is used instead of chemical fertilizers.

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Biodigesteurs

create biogas

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