Sustainable charcoal – New system produces raw material cleanly within eucalyptus plantation

By Marco de Oliveira

Revista FAPESP  – Better known for being used at barbecues, charcoal in Brazil is also responsible for the production of 30% of the pig iron, the metal alloy used for producing the steel used in vehicles, machines, ships, trains, cables and other products. Worldwide, this percentage is less than 1%. Thus, part of the steel made in the country is renewable, unlike the use of coal, which requires the exploration of finite mines, often underground, and in the case of Brazil is almost all imported.

Source: Revista FAPESP, November, 2011
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