Cheaper, enviro-friendly biofuel keeps Kenyan home fires burning
Nairobi’s fuel dispensers replace charcoal, kerosene with ethanol biofuel made from sugar cane byproducts
In Kenya’s capital Nairobi, restaurant owner Miriam Kamau lifts a steaming ladle of food from a stove burning locally produced ethanol — a fuel made from the byproducts of sugar production.
She is one of about 200,000 customers of three-year-old Kenyan company Koko, which has replaced fuels such as charcoal, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas with locally produced ethanol.
Ethanol from agricultural waste helps cut down on greenhouse emissions — partly because consumers won’t be using charcoal made from cutting down trees...