In India, Total S.A. is working with the Good Planet Foundation and a local NGO on a project to build and operate 8,400 biogesters, nearly 50,000 families will benefits. A biogas digester is a concrete structure with a fermentation chamber that is fed with livestock slurry each day. As the slurry decomposes, it produces biogas (methane and CO2) that can supply a household with two to three cubic meters of gas per day, or three to four hours of cooking heat and hot water.
Operated by SKG Sangha, a local non-profit that has built more than 150,000 biogas units since it was created in 1992, the project will keep 50,000 tons of CO2 out of the air each year and earn Gold Standard-certified carbon credits over a 10-year period. That's equal to the residual emissions of all Total employee air travel. "The program directly or indirectly addresses 15 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those concerning the environment, health and empowerment of women," notes Philippe Cabus. "So it's about more than just carbon offsetting."