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Energy Globe World Awards 2018

Finalist in the category Air

Reducing Methane Emissions from Rice Farming
Submitted by:
ClimateRe GmbH

This project introduces a system of rice intensification (SRI) – a climate smart cultivation based on alternate wetting and drying that helps to reduce farmers’ dependency on water and weather events, reduce methan emissions and increase their income. It also introduces a sustainable financial model in which the implementation of the new system is supported through carbon credits.

Initial situation
Rice production has a major influence on the economy and livelihood of Nepal (7% of GDP). Erratic rainfall pattern, a consequence of climate change, has led to poor harvest and caused a widespread food shortage. On the other side, rice cultivation amounts to >8% of the national greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and 20% methane emissions. The government of Nepal has committed to low carbon economic development strategy and the promotion of climate friendly agricultural practices in its first “Nationally Determined Contributions” under the Paris agreement.

To support the effort of the government to promote climate friendly agricultural practices, ClimateRe is promoting a system of rice intensification (SRI). SRI is a climate smart cultivation based on alternate wetting and drying (AWD). It is an alternative to the conventional practice carried out in water logged fields. SRI significantly reduces methane emissions (mitigation) and improves yield through healthy resilient plants. Furthermore, the company offers carbon credits, motivating farmers and organizations with a start-up financing for the implementation of this solution.

SRI helps farmers to improve their adaptive capacity to climate change through reduced dependency on water (irrigation and rainfall), and through robust plants resilient to weather events and pests, and improved yield (income). SRI reduces the amount of methane released from the soil by 20% (through shorter duration of anoxic condition linked with water logging). Through this project, farmers and organizations can compensate their carbon footprint and use these resources to pre-finance the project.

Category Air

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    Applicant: GERES (Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity )
    Country: Afghanistan

  • Project: Village Base Customer Acquisition Program
    Applicant: Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited
    Country: Bangladesh

  • Project: Reducing Methane Emissions from Rice Farming
    Applicant: ClimateRe GmbH
    Country: Nepal