Alternative energy

Saving wood and staying warm

How do you limit the amount of wood people need to keep warm?

To keep warm and cook their food the local people burn wood harvested from the forests. This has had a significant impact on the forests in the panda's habitat as an average household, living at an altitude of 2,000m can burn up to 10,000 cubic metres of firewood per year just to keep warm.
You use wood saving stoves…

To reduce the amount of firewood that is consumed and at the same time ensure that families stay warm, WWF has been equipping many households with wood-saving stoves. View video

and biogas.

Many of the locals keep pigs. By collecting the pig’s manure as it falls through the floorboards of the sty, it can be turned into methane gas using a small reactor. The system is odour free and produces enough energy to cook 3 meals a day and keep the home warm for 10 months of the year. WWF has implemented the project in several small villages in the Minshan region and it has been very successful. View video
Wood saving stove. / ©: WWF China
A local woman cleans her new wood saving stove. The new stoves save forests as significantly limit the amount of wood required for cooking.
© WWF China
Biogas stoves use pig manure. / ©: Philippe Semanaz
By reconfiguring pig sties, local people living around the panda habitat can collect the pig manure and turn it into methane gas and provides all the necessary energy for heating and cooking people's homes.
© Philippe Semanaz
Zhong, a local farmer in the Minshan Mountains, talks about the effects that new biogas systems have had on on his village. Press play
A local farmer talks about the positive benefits of the new wood saving stoves for his village. Press play

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