DENR promotes “green charcoal process”

October 20, 2009 10:50 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 21 — The technology of using forest waste like twigs, leaves, stems and branches of trees in making charcoal has now reached Boracay island as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) turned over a charcoal-briquetting machine to Brgy. Balabag’s Chairman Lilibeth Sacapaño at the DENR compound in Quezon City recently.

DENR Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi, who represented Secretary Lito Atienza in the turn-over ceremony, cited the tremendous advantages of charcoal briquetting to waste reduction and disposal.

“The green charcoal process converts biodegradable waste and other organic materials into solid fuel, thus reducing waste that needs to be disposed,” he said.

"The production of charcoal briquettes that use trash as raw materials such as paper, rice straw, coconut shell, coffee pulp, kitchen waste and even vegetable waste also aids in the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to the atmosphere,” he added.

According to Gerochi, the substitution of traditional charcoal with the green charcoal will not only put abandoned biomass and agroforestry wastes into good use but also help mitigate carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere and lessen the cutting of trees from the country’s forests. For every ton of briquettes produces, about 88 trees are conserved.

For her part, Sacapaño said she is optimistic that what Brgy. Balabag has been doing to deal with its mountain of garbage will be replicated in other barangays in Aklan.

“Green charcoal using a charcoal briquetting machine can provide an additional source of income and livelihood opportunities for our barangay,” she said.

Brgy. Balabag generates income from the sale of recyclable products brought to its materials recovery facility, and from the production of vermicompost from biodegradable waste.

Aside from the hollow blocks made from crashed glasses, the Balabag Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) also produces plastic tiles from sando bags using a plastic oven melter invented by the Department of Science and Technology, and undertakes vermi composting using African Night Crawler.

The green charcoal is a solid fuel derived from carbonized leaves, twigs, stem and other farm and urban wastes and compacted into briquettes.

When burned, it emits a steady heat with low clean flame. The charcoal is easy to ignite and burns completely in at least 50 minutes.

The use of this charcoal can lessen wood charcoal consumption of poultry farms, households and other domestic businesses.

Every year, these charcoal users consume about 5.4 million cubic meters of fuel wood from the forest and woodlands or an equivalent of 1.35 million metric tons of charcoal. (PNA) LDV/OPS/ssc


3 Responses to “DENR promotes “green charcoal process””

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  2. Jason Alimantan on October 25th, 2009 7:49 pm

    This item is interesting considering the current global climate changes. Could I get to know if How I could procure Briqetting machines in making green charcoals and how much will it cost?

  3. franz on October 31st, 2009 12:10 pm

    just wandering if i want to sell green charcoal where can get supplies..