Briquette Charcoal Is Economically Viable – Zaacoal Chief

Briquettes Charcoal Production
Briquettes Charcoal Production

Mr. Amin Sulley, the Founder and Chief Labourer of Zaacoal, a briquette-producing company in Ghana, has said that the economic potential of briquette charcoal is enormous and boundless.

He said the demand for briquette was high on both the local and global markets, making it a commodity of export and industrial worth.

Mr. Sulley said this in Wa over the weekend when he facilitated a briquette production training for women organized by Upperlink Consult, a skills development and waste management organization, with support from the Ghana Skills Development Fund (GSDF).

“The economic potentials are endless. There is a lot of market opportunity locally, and if you want to export, there is a lot of export potential – there is a lot of industrial prospect to it [briquette] because several factories need it for their boilers,” he said.

He said the proposition of a ban on the importation of lump wood charcoal by European markets by 2027 makes briquette a viable alternative to the growing demand for coal for fuel for industrial and other uses.

Briquettes Charcoal
Briquettes Charcoal

“Briquette is a better alternative to lump wood charcoal because one, we are not cutting trees, we are not depleting the environment – it burns hotter, it burns longer,” he added.

Mr. Sulley stated that the local demand and consumption of briquette charcoal was also high because Ghana is predominantly a charcoal economy, intimating that it was even easier to access charcoal than liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or electricity.

“There are certain foods that we eat that are well cooked on charcoal stoves. How easy is it to cook your regular banku or tuozafi on a gas stove, we’ve seen our parents do that on coal pots for centuries. In advanced economies or even the big cities or hotels, charcoal-grilled chicken sells higher than fried or gas-grilled,” he explained.

Mr. Sulley added that cooking with charcoal has been proven to be healthy and environmentally friendly compared to other fuels, making briquette a better alternative with high market demand.

The Chief Executive Officer of Upperlink Consult, Prof Hamidatu Darimani, also indicated her organization’s determination to create a local economy around the briquette production value chain to provide employment and mitigate climate change.

“The West buys this briquette, and we have companies that export this briquette. Our plan, as Upperlink Consult, is to be able to produce this briquette to consume locally and also to export.

“I keep asking myself why do we have to cut down all these trees when there is an alternative, an alternative that can even help employ these women better, that saves the environment as well?” she stated as she quizzed.

Prof Darimani appealed to the donor agencies and the corporate world to support her outfit in setting up a commercial production plant that would create jobs for people while reducing climate change impact in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The briquette production training for the women formed part of a six-month project by the Upperlink Consult with support from the Ghana Skills Development Fund (GSDF).

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