Five biogas digesters have been installed in five monasteries and nunneries, where 891 nuns and monks live, along with solar energy appliances. This means fewer trees are cut down and women spend less time gathering firewood for cooking.
In addition to installing the biogas digesters, the EOC has run farmer training courses on the use of bio-slurry as organic fertiliser to improve the quality of fruit and vegetable crops. Elala Nunnery, which installed a biogas digester in 2012, was used as an example of best practice.
In a recent project report to ARC, Getachew Tesfaye, head of EOC’s Monastery Development Division said: "The farmer training was designed to have maximum impact at minimal cost in the hope that using more efficient methods and an environmentally friendly source of organic fertiliser from the biogas digester would lead to greater profits."
"It is known that the Elala Nunnery produces and supplies organic fruit and vegetables and milk to the surrounding community at reasonable prices. The technology is demonstrated to surrounding farmers, who are requesting the local government to give them the opportunity to install domestic biogas digesters."