It is the most basic element of life and a necessary fuel, which remains the dominant source of energy for over 3 billion people. In addition, with over 65% of the world’s population reliant on firewood and charcoal as a household fuel, current charcoal production in developing countries is unsustainable and puts heavy strain on forest resources.

In these countries, wood fuels are not only vital to the nutrition of rural and urban households, but are essential in food processing industries for baking, brewing, smoking, curing and electricity production. Biomass energy efficiency solutions can change lives. Widespread adoption of bamboo biomass as a primary fuel for charcoal production facilitates change in the role charcoal plays in climate change and poverty alleviation initiatives.