GreenChar provides affordable clean energy for homes and institutions in Kenya

GreenChar produces and distributes charcoal briquettes made from agricultural waste, and distributes improved cookstoves. We sell our “Makaa Poa” briquette line to households in rural and peri-urban settlements that spend an average of KES 150 ($1.50) per day and experience various health problems from Household Air Pollution (e.g. smoke and carbon monoxide) caused by cooking with wood-based charcoal and firewood. Our “LongBurn” briquette line is sold to larger institutions, such as schools and factories. GreenChar’s briquettes are up to 38% cheaper, nearly smokeless, higher energy, and longer lasting than conventional wood charcoal and firewood. Beyond the direct benefits to our customers, our briquettes and cookstoves also curb local deforestation and reduce CO2-related emissions.

A BIG PROBLEM

Over 10 million homes use wood fuels (charcoal and firewood) everyday in Kenya

32 Million Kenyans

68% of Kenya’s total energy consumption is wood fuels. Over 80% of the Kenyan homes use wood fuels as their main source of household energy.

A LIFE THREATENING PROBLEM

Smoke from wood fuels cause Household Air Pollution which is a major health threat

4.3 MILLION DEATHS

More people die from breathing in smoke from unclean wood fuels than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB combined.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM

Nearly 14,000 football fields worth of trees are cut down every year

52,000 HECTARES TREES CUT EVERY YEAR

The use of wood fuels is very unsustainable. For every 1kg of charcoal made there are 5kg of trees that are wasted.

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