Brazil has successfully introduced large-scale pig-farming operations that use manure management to create and sell Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) based on methane capture. However most small farmers see this process as complex costly and burdensome. The fact that up to 90% of the CER benefits have gone to the project developers has also lowered enthusiasm for follow-up projects. In addition CER revenues are often overestimated.
To provide small and mid-sized animal farms with an easy-to-use computer based tool in Portuguese to calculate what it would take to install a biodigestor and generator estimate potential MWh generation for consumption or sale to the grid and to register and sell the methane emission reductions through the American Carbon Registry (ACR) or the CDM.