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Traditional Fuel

Map No. 109

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Traditional fuel includes wood, charcoal, bagasse (sugar cane waste), and animal and vegetable wastes. This fuel can be waste material from another process. It is usually sourced locally and sometimes can be free. Thus it is not surprising that people living in Central Africa have the highest per person traditional fuel usage, given the poor infrastructures there and relatively weak economic position.

Ironically Equatorial Guinea, where the most traditional fuel (per person) is used, exports considerable quantities of oil. The Middle East, source of most of the earth’s oil, uses the traditional fuel equivalent of only 77 kilograms of oil per person.

"The dried dung has no strong odour and burns very hot ... those who enjoy the warmth of a hot stove on cold nights really treasure it regardless of the origin.” Sherpa Trek, 2006

Territory size shows the proportion of all traditional fuel used there.


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