Promoting the Use of Briquettes Based on Biomass Residue as an Alternative Energy Source in Order to Protect Forests

The association initiated a project to create an artisanal unit for the production of green charcoal from biomass waste, benefitting the women's group of the village of Goghin in Tanghin Dassouri, Burkina Faso.

An initiative of SOS Energie Burkina/ SOS Energy Burkina

Overview of the project

This training and awareness-raising project on climate change establishes an artisanal unit for producing green charcoal from biomass waste, benefiting the women’s group of the village of Goghin in Tanghin Dassouri, Burkina Faso. The project combines both the valorisation of biomass resources and the raising of climate change awareness in the population.

The expected results of the project are various:

  • Ecological: Reduction of GHG emissions and forest cover preservation.
  • Economical: Job creation and new income generation for women.
  • Social: Reduction of women’s work in collecting firewood, improvement of their social status and prevention of respiratory diseases.
  • Significant reduction in the use of chemical fertilisers in agriculture by introducing charcoal (biochar) as a fertiliser.

Contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation through women's engagement.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

12/21/2017- 12/20/2019

Quantitative results
  • 50 women trained in green charcoal production techniques.
  • Another 600 women sensitised to the effects of climate change.
  • Establishment of a small-scale green coal production unit managed by women.
Qualitative results
  • Reduction of GHG emissions; the use of 100 kg of green coal avoids the atmospheric emission of 166 kg of CO2.
  • 30% of households in the project area use green coal.
  • Decrease in the sale of wood.

We received a grant from ASW (Action for World Solidarity) Germany.

About the

SOS Energie Burkina/ SOS Energy Burkina


SOS Energie Burkina (SOS Energy Burkina) is a national non-profit association that aims at protecting the environment through the promotion of renewable energies.