Button hamburger menu white

Sustainable composting in Vietnam

Project details

This project is developed by South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd. This project is certified by The Gold Standard. You can consult the certification documents here

Project location

The facility is named Vietstar – Lemna ECO Center and is located in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. 

Project objectives

The World Bank estimates that more than 2 billion tonnes of garbage are produced worldwide each year. Methane (CH4), a dangerous greenhouse gas, is released into the atmosphere at landfills as a result of organic processes that break down garbage.

Despite not being in the atmosphere for as long as carbon dioxide molecules do, methane molecules have a significantly stronger warming effect when they are there. As one of the main global sources of methane emissions, landfills are thought to be responsible for more than a third of the present anthropogenic global warming.

By developing and running composting facilities to process organic waste gathered from municipal garbage, the initiative will lower methane emissions. With a daily waste intake of 1200 tonnes and an annual proposed production of 53,568 tonnes of organic compost, the total designed capacity for solid waste is 432,000 tonnes.

By completing the project, a significant amount of methane (CH4) that would have otherwise been emitted into the atmosphere as a result of the anaerobic degradation of organic waste in landfills will be prevented.

Caron redution

This pioneering project aims to increase the circularity and sustainability of waste processing in Vietnam. By pre-sorting and classifying solid waste, recycling plastic, and treating the residual organic matter with cutting-edge composting technology, it reduces the environmental impact of municipal landfills. More than 53,000 tonnes of high-quality bio-fertilizer are produced each year as the last by-product of organic compost.

Since the project’s capacity was increased in 2014, the facility can currently treat 432,000 tonnes of solid trash annually, or 1,200 tonnes per day. The project has completed its fourth Gold Standard verification in 2020. The project’s effects on the environment and society have also been independently confirmed by TÜV SÜD.

The project not only cuts emissions by about 181,000 tCO2e annually but also lessens garbage sent to landfills, generates 388 local employment, and helps local farmers because the organic fertiliser increases soil fertility and promotes the region’s economic sustainability.


From backyard bins to large-scale operations, composting can take many forms. In any case, it prevents methane emissions from landfills by turning organic waste into soil carbon.

Sustainable Development Goals

When allocating our members’ funds, we’re committed to aiding in the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. Below are the SDGs acknowledged for this project.

💡 Click on the Icon to read follow the progress on each SDG. 

Project Photos

View more projects

Click-through and reduce CO₂