Project One

Briquette production

Creating a waste-to-energy business in Goma, DR Congo.

About the project

This is a social business idea addressing many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by producing biofuel from waste benefitting socio-economic growth and environmental preservation. The aim of the briquette production in Goma, DR Congo is to:

  • Generate income, primarily to women
  • Fight climate change by using biofuel instead of charcoal
  • Fight deforestation by using biofuel instead of firewood
  • To provide affordable and clean renewable energy for low-income households
  • Introduce a fuel-efficient stove on the market
  • Raise awareness on environmental protection

The briquettes, produced by CSR Solutions in partnership with one more salary, is an ecological and economical alternative to the usage of charcoal and firewood for cooking. This will not only help save forests and biodiversity and cuts greenhouse gas emissions, it also reduces the levels of indoor pollution households are exposed to as the biomass briquettes are more energy efficient.

Today around 3 million people are still using solid fuels (i.e. wood or charcoal) in open fires or leaking stoves for cooking. Cooking over open fire produces black soot and toxic gases, leading to the premature death of 4 million people yearly, mainly women and children. It is also estimated that particles from open fires is responsible for 18% of the greenhouse effect.

The wood and charcoal being used is often sourced from old-growth forests, leading to deforestation and biodiversity loss. The demand for biomass derived cooking fuel is too high for natural growth to keep up, and demand is increasing. This leads to continuously rising prices.

Many low-income families spend a substantial part of their household income on wood or charcoal for cooking. Others spend a lot of time collecting wood far away from home. Many restaurants also use huge amounts of charcoal, all adding to the rapid deforestation.

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