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TCP and PCIA partner to publish charcoal & briquette bulletin


In the latest issue of its bulletin, the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air focuses on the fuel side of the improved cookstove equation with an in depth discussion on charcoal and briquettes.

It provides examples of the use of briquettes as a sustainable alternative to charcoal in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and provides insight into the future of charcoal stoves with inputs from leading stove testers and developers.

The bulletin also looks at the issue of sustainable charcoal production, and new research and development towards more efficient production methods and sustainable charcoal initiatives.

We’d like to thank PCIA Partner Jean Kim Chaix, Director of The Charcoal Project, who served as our guest editor for this edition and provided support and guidance on Bulletin 29’s overall content.

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Is a forest a carbon sink or a source of low-carbon energy?


A number of new scientific studies have been released examining whether and how forests, forest management practices, forest products, and bioenergy from forests either contribute to or help mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration and emissions.

One report states that “growing more forests and keeping forests as forests are only part of the solution, because focusing solely on the sequestration benefits of the forests misses the important (and substantial) carbon storage and substitution GHG benefits of harvested forest products, as well as other benefits of active forest management.”

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PCIA bulletin: Biogas for Household & Institutional Use


The PCIA latest bulletin focuses on biogas for both household and institutional use, and presents the local, national and regional-level efforts to promote its use in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Biogas-promoting organizations with decades of experience share their strategies for partnership-building, education and training, innovative solutions to financing, and marketing biogas’s added benefits.

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