Reaching a new Milestone for the promotion of climate change mitigation and the SDGs: UPM Sichuan Household Biogas PoA avoids 3 Million Tons of GHG Emissions

Beijing/Munich, 13 March 2017

We are pleased to announce that our award-winning GS CDM Sichuan Household Biogas PoA has avoided 3 million Tons of GHG emissions since its establishment. UPM PoA is the first CDM household biogas PoA to reach this impressive CO2 emission avoidance milestone worldwide and the second of all PoA registered under the CDM. The GHG avoidance is equivalent to almost 78 million tree seedlings grown for ten years.

Our PoA is currently undergoing its 3rd verification process and is expected issuance of more than 800,000GS CER in Q2 2017. The programme includes more than 400,000 low-income rural households in southwest China. The installation of bio-digester and smoke-free biogas cook stove allows each household to avoid around 2tCO2e each yearly. It was registered under the CDM in 2012 and under the Gold Standard in 2013.

“It is a great honor for UPM to be able to contribute significantly to climate change mitigation effort and to the positive impact to the socio-economic and natural environment of the local population with this flagship PoA, in line with the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. “ commented Martin Dilger, Managing Director of UPM.

We released recently a third-party study on the Co-Benefits of the PoA and its contribution to 14 of the 17 SDGs.

For further information about the PoA and the availability of its high-quality Gold Standard CERs please contact us