Feature

The challenge of charcoal

Growing demand for charcoal is putting more pressure on already shrinking forests
, Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Charcoal. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR

Charcoal, a high-carbon form of energy made from wood, is a fact of life in Kenya, as in many parts of the world where energy sources from natural gas to solar electricity are too expensive for most. While charcoal provides a readily available and inexpensive source of energy for cooking and heating, it often comes at an environmental cost in the form of deforestation.