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Portable biogas as Frugal Eco-Innovation to address climate change

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Hi, Cynthia ere from the Think - team!

We are currently formulating an upcoming publication about our portable biogas as a frugal eco-innovation. The concept of frugal eco-innovation is consolidated by integrating separate characteristics of frugal innovation and eco-innovation in which a solution that can address the need of rural communities and climate change issues. Do you know that 30% of the Indonesian population still relies on traditional biomass that leads to health risks and deforestation? If this practice continues, climate change impacts become more severe and rural communities, including farmers, are the most vulnerable ones. Compared to other cooking fuel alternatives in Indonesia, we highlight the benefits of our portable biogas portrayed as frugal eco-innovation characteristics (Figure 1) could potentially transform current unsustainable practice, addressing climate change impacts in addition to providing basic needs in rural and remote areas.

Figure 1. Frugal Eco-Innovation Characteristics

Actually, the socio-economic and environmental benefits of our portable biogas for rural communities are evident and well-documented since the previous research projects under European Commission, GREENWIN and TRANSrisk (2016-2018). Such benefits are then portrayed clearly according to the characteristics. For instance, biogas promotes firewood reduction, animal waste management, alleviating food waste by repurposing food scraps and providing biogas slurry (bio-slurry), to be used as organic fertilizer. These benefits are suitable for smallholder farmers as a part of the savings gained from reducing reliance on fossil fuel as well as adding value to their products in which eagerly promote!

Installing biogas is also coherent with Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs). Do you know that only installing biogas, we could also contribute to not only one SDG? Portable biogas as a frugal eco-innovation contributes to SDG No. 7 that ensures universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. Additionally, the portable digester would ultimately tackle other SDGs as well such as 4 and 10, by reducing gender inequality at the community level and the gap between urban and rural development.

To pave the pathways of biogas development for farmers towards sustainability,'s think team is currently working on two European Commission project, TIPPING + and LANDMARC. So, stay tuned for our upcoming publications about biogas development as a frugal-eco-innovation and what can show you in a couple of years with the European Commission projects. 😊

Figure 2. Pak Vitalis (Bajawa Farmer) who is satisfied with biogas

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