Submitted by: Sustainable Rural Enterprise
Implemented country: Philippines
Title: Promote production of "green charcoal" made out of leaves, twigs, other abandoned biomass to save forests
“Green charcoal” is made out of non-wood feedstock (leaves, twigs, tree prunings and other abandoned biomass) that helps prevent deforestation: for every ton produced, 88 trees are saved. Green charcoal is clean-burning that helps reduce indoor pollution, and helps lower costs of cooking fuel. Production technology is simple, replicable (without copyright restrictions), and affordable. The production process provides employment to villagers.
The pilot stage, located in a mangrove eco-park in the Philippines, is nearing completion. Replication is planned for other Philippine communities, then in Liberia, where wood-sourced charcoal accounts for a major portion of the country's energy needs.