Wood fuel sources

Wood fuel sources

Percentage sources of wood used by our contracted farmers for curing fuels

  2014 2015 2016
Sustainable wood sources 98.6% 98.8% 99.0%
Natural Forest 1.4% 1.2% 1.0%

The loss of forests is one of the most significant environmental and natural resource impacts linked to tobacco growing, due to wood often being used as a fuel in curing processes.

So we’re helping farmers to preserve forests through afforestation programmes, which aim to provide a sustainable source of wood. We also work to find locally available alternative fuels, such as the use of rice husk as a fuel in Sri Lanka or the use of bagasse briquettes in Kenya (supplied by BAT in partnership with a local sugar factory). We are exploring ways to reduce wood fuel consumption by using innovative designs for curing barns.

We have an ongoing commitment to eliminate the use of unsustainable sources of wood by our contracted farmers. In 2016, 99% of our contracted farmers’ wood fuel for curing was from sustainable sources. 

Sustainable wood sources are defined as: wood resources harvested legally from planted sources in such a way that does not cause any detrimental social, environmental or economic impact. This may include:

  • Wood sourced from identified invasive exotic species which have not been planted; and
  • Wood sourced from existing legal plantations.

This definition does not include conversion of natural forests to plantations in order to produce wood for tobacco curing.