70% of the wood burnt by garment factories comes from natural forests – mainly from illegal harvesting and questionable land clearing practices.
GERES has undertaken a study on the the potential of agricultural residues to replace unsustainable firewood in the manufacturing sector. In a second phase, with the support of CCCA, H&M Group and the WISIONS Initiative, GERES has worked closely with Cambodian garment factories and rice millers to support the emergence of a supply of a sustainable biomass fuels aimed at the garment sector for their thermal energy needs.
Refused Derived Fuel
The Global Green Growth Institute is undertaking analysis in Refused Derived Fuel (RDF). What does that mean? It is a process in which combustible waste is used as a fuel instead of going to landfill. The heat from this incineration can be used to make cement or electricity.
Waste is a huge problem in Phnom Penh, the existing landfill will be full by 2020 with more than 1 million tons of waste entering it per year.