Reusing Waste Charcoal as Biochar
Providing urban and rural households with biochar made from clay and charcoal waste.
The initiative provides urban and rural households with biochar briquettes made from clay and charcoal waste, a cheap combustible fuel. The initiative produces high-quality biochar using an innovative rotor press. The combustive properties of the biochar are close to those of charcoal but it is smokeless and odourless, thus reducing the negative health and environmental impact. The biochar is distributed via a network of sales outlets, mainly managed by women. The initiative produces and markets biochar briquettes, selling them to retail dealers and women’s associations who act as sales agents. Biochar is two to three times cheaper than charcoal, saving users substantial amounts of money. These savings enable them to buy better stoves that reduce their energy consumption and thus make further savings. Part of the revenue from the project is reinvested in reforestation projects, helping to reduce greenhouse gases.
PERACOD Program for the Promotion of Renewable Energies, Rural Electrification and Sustainable Supply in Domestic Fuel provides technical, financial and training support.
UNICEFS (National Union of Forestry Merchants of Senegal) enables exchange with forest management specialists and helps to organise the collection process.
CFF Coopérative Forestière du Fleuve acts as intermediary in the collection process.
Bioterre is a commercial partner.
CMS (Crédit Mutuel du Sénégal) provides financial support, including micro-financing for women associations.
IREFS Inspection Régionale des Eaux et Forêt de Saint-Louis