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Utilising biogas to produce an organic beverage

Updated: Nov 25, 2020 introduces a new project namely "Su-re Brew”. This is a community-based project utilising biogas to produce an organic beverage.

The project will create a demand for bioenergy with a community based organic beverage. Further integration of bioenergy into agricultural value chains enables increased productivity as well as ensuring food security. Importantly, bioenergy is a substitute for firewood and other energy sources and therefore, it effectively eliminates considerable impact on health (indoor air pollution) and environment (deforestation) and has a wide potential end uses.

Su-re Brew is an eco-friendly beverage locally produced and use biogas as source of energy for roasting coffee beans. Hence, the project is synergistic adaptation and mitigation measure for climate change. Partly, it will alleviate poverty by creating a new source of income for farmers and utilise local and climate resilient agriculture products including Robusta coffee and cacao as climate change adaptation. Furthermore, the project will provide households with affordable clean renewable energy as climate change mitigation.

The project is developed by the, supported by European commission program (Green-WIN and TRANSrisk projects), as well as central and regional governments. Together the consurtium conducted an international workshop in Bali, namely “Sustainability and Resilience of Bioenergy for Climate Change” and agreed to work toward Sustainable Development Goals in Bali, with the Su-re Brew as a demand for the bioenergy.

The Su-re Brew is a brew containing coffee mixed with various flavours such as cacao, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, vanilla, pala, etc. The product is using solely organic agricultural products from Jembrana, Bali. The project will create green business opportunities through utilising biogas for roasting as a mean to increase the demand for bioenergy.

The energy used in the production is created by agricultural waste in a biogas digester. The main biogas consumption is fuel for cooking in households. In addition, the community can use the remaining amount for roasting the beans which will be a new source of jobs and income for farmers in Jembrana. Evidently, demand for biogas in the value chain for agriculture has untapped potential.

The use of biogas as an energy source is a promising transition pathway for reducing GHG emissions while enabling households in rural areas opportunities to diversified livelihoods as well as to become self-sustainable with access to clean energy. As such, the project of Su-re Brew – using a synergy of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, incentives initiatives to create demand for bioenergy on a household, national and international level.

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