The unceasing cutting of trees for traditional charcoal making is one of the most detrimental upland activities. Such action led to depletion of forest resources that apparently causes environmental problems such as soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, flashfloods, etc… Thus, forest debris and other agricultural biomass was scattered and located anywhere which become the problem of the government today.
Aiming to address that problem, the Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) is introducing the recent MOBILE CHARCOAL BRIQUETTOR machine. It is a modernized machine, to be modified by ASCOT, which can easily move from one place to another where abandoned biomass was present. It can produce charcoal out abandoned biomass which lessen firewood and natural charcoal consumed for poultry framings, households, and domestic businesses.
This machine can produced 300 kilogram of charcoal a day and that charcoal will help mitigate carbon dioxide emission in the atmosphere due to its environmental sound characteristics. Likewise, it sought to replace the traditional charcoal making which necessitates the cuttings of trees – posing a great threat to the watershed environment.
The project can spare 6,970 trees and carbon sequestration of 153,331.2 kilogram a year while a ton of briquette produced saved 88 trees. There are more benefits and livelihood can be generated for our people only if rubbishes will utilize for briquetting. Substitution to charcoal briquettes makes abandoned biomass and other agroforestry wastes usable.
This project aims to:
- To reduce pressure in cutting and using wood from the natural forest which is traditionally use for charcoal production in the upland;
- To provide additional source of income and livelihood opportunities to the upland farmers, coastal dwellers and urban poor;
- To produce charcoal briquettes and other products from abandoned biomass such as leaves, twigs, grasses and buko wastes for household energy;
- To utilize plantation trimmings and agricultural and urban cellulosic wastes;
5) to produce biofuel that is environment-friendly, economically and socially acceptable for domestic and industrial uses.
Engr. Amarlo Bana?ia leads the project with three laborers in the name of Mr. Jerry Tangson, Ms. Cristina Virrey and Ms. Pricila Venancio who are assigned to Charcoal Briquetting Center. The project is funded by the DENR through the Office of the Senator Edgardo J. Angara amounting to PhP 2,200,000.00.