The charcoal industry is one of the booming sectors in Namibia. This is also a sector which is highly contested due to its nature of production (i.e. safety of workers and environmental and social impacts). The Support to De-bushing Project in collaboration with the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA) embarked on a pilot project to conduct a technical analysis of existing charcoal production technologies in Namibia and compare them to international best practice. To date, a report containing the recommendations for a pilot of new/improved technology exists, which started in January 2017.
The report provides an overview of the existing charcoal kiln technology in Namibia and abroad in countries such as Madagascar, Chad, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville. This review focused on the provisions for health and the productivity of the charcoal production process. Both primary and secondary data were used to compile the report. Meetings and discussions with charcoal industry stakeholders, together with field observations highlighted a few aspects to be considered when designing a new charcoal production system. These aspects include a cleaner system that generates less smoke, improved carbonisation process and charcoal quality, small-scale and mobility of technology and reduced fire risk.
The report makes concrete suggestions towards the modernisation of charcoal production technology in Namibia which allows for productivity increase, environmental improvement and other important standards. Please follow the link to the report to find out more.