Growing Demand for Wood Energy
Wood energy (fuelwood and charcoal) is, and will remain, an important source of energy in South and Southeast Asia. In most countries between 20% and 80% of energy demand is met by wood. The use of woodfuels is still increasing, though not as fast as the use of fossil fuels.
Although woodfuels are often considered 'non-commercial', they are widely traded. Particularly in urban areas, where woodfuels are most relevant, markets for fuelwood and charcoal are thriving. Many people, both in urban and rural areas, earn their main income from the woodfuel business. This can involve growing, harvesting, processing, trading, transporting or retailing.
A Sustainable and Versatile Fuel
Most of the woodfuel originates from non-forest land and is managed sustainably. The main uses are in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. Applications can be traditional or modern, or an intermediate type.
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