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Costa Rica's renewable fuel

Wood pellets are to be manufactured and sold as a renewable energy source. (© I. Rodriguez)
Wood pellets are to be manufactured and sold as a renewable energy source.
© I. Rodriguez

Costa Rica is piloting a groundbreaking project to convert wood waste from the country's timber industry into combustible fuel pellets. Stockpiles of sawdust and other residues from sawmills emit the greenhouse gas methane as they decay. But the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is working with the government to process the waste into pellets which will be sold as a renewable energy source.

The project, which is based on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, could see Costa Rica trade its resulting emission reductions in the same way as carbon.

Date published: November 2007

 

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