Reducing Carbon Emissions through Charcoal Briquettes
The greatest concern in addressing climate change is how to minimize the amount of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere from different sources. One of the ways is using charcoal briquettes.
On our Enviro Wild Discussion series- SDG 13- Climate Action, we hosted Kefas Okaka, the Co-founder Biomakaa limited, a social enterprise involved in briquette production using waste products such as recycled paper and sawdust, among others. Kefas is also an environmentalist
Charcoal briquettes emit carbon particles; however, compared to the normal wood charcoal, it is preferable coupled with other benefits
TAKE HOME POINTS
- Charcoal briquettes can be made from a wide variety of materials- biomass (rice and coffee husks, cassava stalk), recycled paper, sawdust.
- You can start Briquette production with as low as $100 or KES 10,000
- Briquettes help reduce the rate of deforestation that is common with traditional wood charcoal.
- Using waste products to produce briquettes helps reduce waste menace.
- Briquettes produce less smoke, burn longer, promote clean cooking compared to ordinary charcoal.
- Briquettes still emit carbon hence should not be relied on solely to address climate change. However, the amount of carbon emitted depends on the type of raw materials used
For detailed explanation on briquette production, its pros and cons, kind watch/listen to the video below