Brown and Sungani, Green Heat Malawi
Energy and Cooking Fuels in Malawi
Currently, only 12% of Malawi’s population has access to electricity and it comes from a relatively expensive and unreliable national energy grid. This contributes to an estimated 98% of Malawians relying on charcoal and firewood for their daily cooking needs. However, charcoal and firewood fuels are responsible for both indoor air pollution and deforestation. Indoor cook stoves have been linked to respiratory disease, which is one of the leading causes of death for children under five globally. Meanwhile, Malawi’s forests are disappearing at a rate of 2.5% per year, meaning at this rate, they will be completely gone in fewer than 50 years.
The Green Heat Solution
Green Heat Malawi is a green economy enterprise that manufactures and supplies sawdust/paper briquettes coupled with fuel efficient cookstoves to domestic households, local restaurants, and other institutions with cooking facilities. Our briquettes are cheaper, smokeless, highly efficient, and an environmentally-friendly alternative to the firewood and charcoal currently widely used in Malawi.
GHM has taken a "waste-to-energy" approach to heat production. We have created a fuel efficient briquette made from sawdust and paper waste that can be burned more effectively than the leading firewood and charcoal options. Our mission is to reduce household and institutional dependence on these traditional fuels by providing our environmentally-conscious alternative as well as an efficient biomass cooking stove. Together, these products will change the impact of cooking in Malawi.
Green Heat Malawi is working towards a world where our forests can regenerate, pollution will become a thing of the past, and Malawi’s contributions towards climate change will be among the lowest in the world.
Green Heat Malawi was selected as one of RUFORUM's Top Eight Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Malawi.