Document Photography: Agasco, a company founded in 2017 by carbon market veteran Ben Atkinson, significantly impacts the fight against climate change. Ben Atkinson, who co-founded the carbon market pioneer Agrinergy, brings decades of experience to Agasco. The company and its subsidiaries have teams of experts spread across Indonesia, Vietnam, and the UK.

Agasco actively sources and trades emission reductions and carbon credits such as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), Verra Verified Carbon Units (VCUs), and Gold Standard emissions reductions. The company also provides consultancy services to projects and investors looking to register and issue carbon compliance and voluntary carbon units.

Anaerobic Digester plants capture and destroy methane emissions, making them an essential tool in the fight against climate change. In Vietnam, Agasco owns and operates five Anaerobic Digester wastewater plants across Central and North Vietnam. These facilities treat wastewater from plants processing cassava roots, and in the process, they avoid methane emissions and provide renewable energy.

The project activities involve the implementation of a two-stage wastewater treatment system. The first stage of the treatment recovers methane caused by the decay of biogenic matter in the effluent stream by introducing a sequential set of wastewater treatments with methane recovery. The second stage utilizes the biogas generated by the first stage to provide a reliable and low-cost energy source to operate the starch factory, replacing the use of intensive fossil fuels such as coal. By extracting the biogas, the project activity reduces methane emissions that would have otherwise been emitted.

The projects prevent an estimated 60,000 tCO₂ per year from being emitted into the atmosphere, thereby preventing pollution in water sources, improving air quality, reducing odor, recovering energy, and protecting the environment. Agasco’s efforts in Vietnam are not only helping the environment but also contributing to the local economy.

Two months ago, Tom Hayer, the operations manager of Agasco, reached out to a photographer based in Vietnam for a photography assignment. The company wanted to showcase its staff’s high-tech equipment and monitoring expertise across five locations in Vietnam – Hanoi, Quang Tri, Nghe An, Dak Lak, Yen Bai, and Lao Cai. The photographer was tasked with documenting the various processes involved in the company’s operations, which would be used for promotional purposes.

The photography assignment involved capturing images that would reflect the high-tech equipment and monitoring the expertise of site staff. The photographer visited each location to document the processes involved in wastewater treatment and energy production. The resulting images showcase the state-of-the-art equipment used in the treatment process and highlight the skill and expertise of Agasco’s staff.


Document photography is an essential tool for companies like Agasco to showcase their work and make an impact in the fight against climate change. By documenting its operations, the company can raise awareness of its efforts and inspire others to follow its lead. The photographer’s work will undoubtedly help Agasco achieve this goal.

In conclusion, Agasco’s work in Vietnam significantly impacts the fight against climate change. The company’s wastewater treatment and energy production efforts prevent significant greenhouse gas emissions, improve air and water quality, and contribute to the local economy. The company’s decision to document its operations through photography is an excellent example of how companies can use visual media to raise awareness of their efforts and inspire others to take action.

This project took around two weeks, including 5 factories: Intimex Starch Factory, Huong Hoa Casava Starch Plant, Yen Binh-Dak Lak Company Limited, Yen Binh Tapioca Starch Processing Factory, and Lao Cai Export Cassava Starch Processing Factory.

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