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    The charcoal transition 2017
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    Charcoal is widely used for cooking and heating in developing countries. The consumption of charcoal has been at high level and the demand may keep growing over the next decades, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Some preliminary studies indicate that among commonly used cooking fuels, unsustainably produced charcoal can be the most greenhouse gas intensive fuels and simple measures could deliver high GHG mitigation benefits. Through the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in 2015, count ries set themselves ambitious targets to curb climate change, and forest-related measures have an important role to play in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Over 70% of the countries who have submitted their (intended) nationally determined contributions (NDCs) mention forestry and land use mitigation measures. Despite the importance of woodfuel in many countries, few have explicitly included measures to reduce emissions from woodfuel production and consumption. Many of the NDCs that in clude forestry do not yet provide detailed information on how mitigation is to be achieved. The overall objective of the publication is to provide data and information to allow for informed decision-making on the contribution sustainable charcoal production and consumption can make to climate change mitigation. More specifically, the publication aims to answer the following questions: - What are the climate change impacts of the current practices on charcoal production and consumption worldwide and across regions? - What is the potential of sustainable charcoal production in GHG emission reductions and how such potential can be achieved? - What are the key barriers to sustainable charcoal production and what actions are required to develop a climate-smart charcoal sector?
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    Improved charcoal technologies and briquette production from woody residues in Malawi 2018
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    Access to modern energy in Malawi remains low and is often limited to relying on traditional biomass sources such as fuelwood and charcoal. Sustainably sourced biomass and more efficient technologies can contribute to reducing the energy access gap and making energy access more sustainable. This case study presents opportunities lying within technology improvement and a specific set of woody residues’ bioenergy supply chains. The case study illustrates the steps required to assess if the selected bioenergy supply chains can contribute to mitigating unsustainable use of biomass, while improving access to sustainable energy.
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    Are policies in Africa conducive to sustainability interventions in the charcoal sector?
    A preliminary assessment of 31 countries
    2023
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    This publication presents the key findings from a preliminary assessment of the policies of African countries relevant to charcoal value chains. The main objective of this study is to assess the extent to which national energy and environmental policies and strategies in Africa have the potential to provide enabling conditions for sustainability interventions in the charcoal sector. The study was limited to the 31 countries that have pledged commitment to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100). A content analysis of their environment and energy policy documents was undertaken to assess: (i) how charcoal is portrayed; (ii) what types of intervention are proposed; and (iii) who they recognize as legitimate and valuable stakeholders to contribute to the sector. The information obtained was used to assess countries’ potential conduciveness, based on 42 criteria.

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