Browsing: Re-usable charcoal

  • Tanzania’s government has banned institutions from using charcoal and firewood for their energy needs.
  • Tanzania has lost 16 percent of its forest cover to human-related activities.
  • 85 percent of Tanzania’s energy needs are met with charcoal and firewood burning.

To curb the destruction of forests, Tanzania has set a deadline for its own institutions to stop using charcoal and firewood, an ambitious gesture for a country whose 85 percent of energy needs are met through the burning of charcoal and firewood.

As a result of this high dependence on forests for its energy needs, Tanzania’s forests are being depleted at a tremendous pace; 16 percent of forest cover has already been lost to date. At the current rate, Tanzania is losing over 640,429 hectares of forest per year.

The forest loss is mostly blamed on human activities related to unsustainable farming practices, development activities and to meet the huge energy …

Some of the group members learning the components of the new briquette making machine. The machine can produce 500 briquettes per day.

United for Green is working to ensure that Africans do not get to these extremes. By empowering women, the plan is to provide clean fuel at the least risk to the environment, especially forests which are the major biomass fuel sources.

Projections show that the demand for fuel wood will see more than 2.8 million hectares of forest lost just to meet Dar es Salaam’s charcoal needs.

United for Green started before the pandemic hit in 2019, when the concept of bio charcoal was born several kilometres away in Kadzinuni, Kenya. CR Hope Foundation partnered with a group of students from Exeter University in the UK to design the charcoal briquettes production process.…