Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise, Cambodia
Coconut shells and other waste make clean-burning briquettes

Most Cambodians cook on wood charcoal, which contributes to the country’s rampant deforestation and air pollution. A pioneering Cambodian business is turning leftover coconut shells and other waste into clean-burning briquettes for use as cooking fuel in Phnom Penh’s homes and restaurants.

Led by Carlo Figà Talamanca, Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise can scarcely keep up with demand. Users like Lin Haiy, who runs a family restaurant explains why the briquettes are so popular:

“The old charcoal used to burn your clothes and it was smoky and dirty. This is much better: it burns longer.”

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Crushing the coconut shells to make sustainable charcoal.
Bagging the freshly made briquettes.
Using the clean briquettes reduces smoke.
Coconuts that are sold for drinks are then collected for shells.
Carlo Figà Talamanca
Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise
Phlove Lom, Phoum Russey Sangkat Stueng Meanchey
Khan Meanchey , Phnom Penh