It’s the end of the year and the time to report back to you on our progress!
It’s the end of the road for Bosch and Siemens’ plant oil cookstove.
This Alternative Charcoal Tool is not for sale in your local hardware store. But it could help make your life easier if you’re thinking about starting an alternative charcoal business.
The Spark Fund, launched in 2012, aims to invest a total of $2 million in grant capital annually in enterprises with scalable approaches that have the potential to transform the clean cooking sector through their success.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is seeking a Consultant in Sustainable Fuel Production.
FINANCIAL TIMES: “The UN estimates that (Somalia’s) al-Shabaab pocketed more than $25m from charcoal in 2011, fueling its operations and undermining efforts to promote stability in a fragile country suffering from terrorism, piracy and more than 20 years of clan warfare.”
“Rather than ignoring reality, a far more pragmatic approach is needed to reduce the impact of charcoal on our forests and our climate. This means taking a holistic look at both the supply and demand side of the equation,” explains Anne Wheldon of Ashden.
A joint Zambian and Swedish venture is looking to curb deforestation by introducing a new type of cookstove, which runs solely on clean fuel, into Zambian households.
“Our approach is not to disrupt traditions. If people don’t want to change from charcoal, then as an outsider you won’t be able to convince them. As a cheaper, “drop-in” replacement for traditional charcoal, green charcoal is an elegant compromise,” says Haiti-based social entrepreneur, Eric Sorensen
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), is promoting bamboo charcoal technologies in Ghana, which have the potential to jump-start the country’s bio-energy sector and generate and sustain the charcoal business.