Up-Scaling Biogas Technology

THE EU SWITCH-Asia Initiative "Up-Scaling Biogas Technology for Sustainable Development and Mitigating Climate Change in Sri Lanka"

Project introduction

Funded by the European Union on a budget of EUR 665,000, this new EU SWITCH-Asia programme is implemented by People in Need(PIN), Cz and local partner  Janathakshan in Sri Lanka.The project aims to create enabling environment for a large-scale dissemination of biogas as a reliable source of clean energy for SMEs and households in Sri Lanka. By mobilizing the Sri Lankan private sector, MFIs, consumer groups along with Public authorities the project will promote the uptake of renewable source of energy and contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction. Funded by the European Union this new EU Switch-Asia programme is implemented by People in Need(PIN), Cz and local partner  Janathakshan in Sri Lanka.

Project Goals

  • 30-35 well equipped SME’s capable of providing biogas related services (design,construction, after sales services, appliances).
  • 3-5 financing institutions provide well developed loan schemes to support construction of biogas units.
  • 35-50 hotels install biogas units with the objective of sustainable solid waste management, cost savings through energy and resource efficiency and eco-friendly responsible tourism.
  • Installation of biogas units at household level.
  • Accumulated savings of LKR 10 million per year for households and Hotels
  • Reduction of over 5700 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions.
  • 500 new jobs created in the biogas related sector.
  • Institutional strengthening in the promotion of biogas.


Time period of implementation

1st January 2014 – 31st December 2016.


Combats Climate Change
“Climate change is a long-term threat that calls for a global response. I am confident that this new initiative will reap great benefits for the environment and the people of Sri Lanka alike"
H.E. Mr. David Daly, Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Strong partnerships for sustainable change
“We were instrumental in; establishing the Lanka Biogas Association (LBA), initiating and facilitating the development of national biogas standards of the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) and setting up a network of key institutions and individuals. Our experience compliments that of EU implementing partner PIN have extensive experience running successfully national biogas development programs in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia.”
Mr. Ranga Pallawala, Director Janathakshan
Compliments National Plans on Sustainable and Renewable Energy
"Development of biogas systems has become nationally important and by the year 2020 Sri Lanka is expected to generate 20% of its electricity supply from renewable energy sources therefore we encourage programs of this nature."
Mr. B. M. U. D. Basnayake, Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Renewable Energy Sri Lanka
Promotes sustainable, responsible tourism
“John Keells Hotels is committed to responsible eco-friendly tourism and a cleaner, greener Sri Lanka therefore we introduced biogas technology developed by Janathakshan at two of our hotels. We are now geared to convert food waste into clean cooking fuel. We are satisfied with the outcome and aim to implement biogas plants throughout our resort chain.”
Mr. Isuru Thotahewa, Assistant Manager, Projects and Engineering John Keells Hotel Management Services Ltd.

What we do

Livelihoods & Small
Enterprise Development

Janathakshan has vast experience developing domestic / large scale biogas...

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Capacity Building &
Knowledge Sharing

Janathakshan works with stakeholders in the government and local communities...

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Janathakshan uplifts the lives of rural communities through infrastructure and...

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