Category Archives: The Charcoal Project


SCIENCE: Facts & Fiction About Charcoal in Developing Countries

If you think charcoal is only used by the poor in developing countries, or that its use for cooking will decrease over time, or that charcoal production causes deforestation, or the charcoal sector is economically irrelevant, or that improved cookstoves mitigate deforestation and GHG emissions… think again.

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Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative

Please join us for a special webinar exploring the development and scaling up of alternative briquette fuel enterprises.  March 5th from 10 – 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time   Winrock & U.S. EPA Cook Stoves & Indoor Air  U.S. EPA | Winrock International | Webinar Archive Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative March, 5, 2014 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m Eastern Standard Time (EST) Charcoal briquettes made from various types of biomass feedstock have the potential to displace unsustainably produced charcoal and significantly reduce biomass consumption, but there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration before scaling … Continue reading

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How clean cookstoves are helping improve grades in Uganda

Ever seen Derek Sivers’ Ted Talk on How To Start A Movement? You know that lone nut that is dancing at the concert before a second nut joins him, and then, a third, and fourth, and so on? Well, that’s how we’re feeling right now.

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2013: TCP Launches A Moonshot Called HFI

Eighteen months ago, we received an unexpected call from D-Lab at MIT. It was Saida Benhayoune, the newly appointed director of D-Lab’s Scale-Ups Program. The call went something like this:  “We’re launching a new initiative designed to scale up access to simple technology solutions for poor people in the developing world. Would you be interested in working together in aggressively boosting access to better technology and fuel solutions for people who depend on wood, charcoal, and animal dung around the world?” “Heck, yeah!” we answered. It was a no-brainer. In January we launched the Harvest Fuel Initiative, a joint collaboration … Continue reading