Monthly Archives: February 2011


NEWS: Solving the Energy Poverty Problem

Published online at American for Energy Leadership Solving the Energy Poverty Problem On 02.28.11, In Opinion, By Natalie Relich. In the age of iPhones, Facebook, and Twitter, we have instant access to information and constant means of communication. It is difficult to imagine life without these luxuries, but they are just that, luxuries. For a large portion of the world these technologies are not only a rarity, but an impossibility, as there is no access to electricity. 1.5 billion people do not have access to electricity; 585 million of them living in Sub-Saharan Africa and 404 million in India. Three … Continue reading

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International Conference on Charcoal planned for 2012

The Charcoal Project (TCP) is pleased to announce its participation in organizing the first International Conference on Charcoal. The conference will take place in Africa in 2012. To lay the groundwork for the conference, TCP and its partner, CIGA (Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), are preparing a Symposium & Workshop to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, between June 12 – 16. Titled “The role of charcoal in health, local environments, climate change, and poverty alleviating initiatives,” the June event will bring together some of the world’s leading experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities … Continue reading


Mega-million $ partnership to kickstart clean cookstove deployment in Nigeria

Hi, folks, we received the following communication from Simon Bishop of Shell Foundation: Good morning Shell Foundation is pleased to announce today a new cross-sector partnership that aims to tackle Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) at scale in Nigeria. The partnership between ourselves, Envirofit International (a global clean cookstoves business) and C-Quest Capital (a US-base carbon finance business) aims to deliver two million improved cook-stoves to Nigerian households over the next seven years. It will do this by using carbon credits to make cookstoves more affordable in Nigeria. Clean cookstoves are the most viable solution to IAP – the toxic smoke that … Continue reading


Financing the clean cookstove revolution the green way

Financing the large-scale deployment of clean cookstoves A Q&A with Evan Haigler of Impact Carbon In late September 2010, several dozen men and women from around the world crammed into a small room at the United Nation’s Foundation’s headquarters in midtown New York to discuss how to deliver 100 million cookstoves by 2020 to the homes of the 3 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean safe energy. The challenge had been laid down a few days earlier by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she announced the creation of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a $50 million … Continue reading


A fresh start for The Charcoal Project

The start of the PCIA’s biennial forum in Lima is a great opportunity for us at The Charcoal Project to share our own news. But sharing everything at once would be like drinking from a fire-hose, so we’ll be gentle and use a regular garden hose instead. Immediately, though, it gives us great pleasure to know you are reading this post on our spanking new redesigned site! What do you think? Nice, huh? Congratulations go out to Christina Lutters, our Chief Information Officer for making our site rock! Thanks, Christina! So, what makes us so website-proud are: A cleaner layout: … Continue reading