CO2 emissions from solid biofuel consumption in rural communities in Durango, Mexico


Luis Valenzuela
Edwin A. Briceño-Contreras
Cristina García-De La Peña
Aldo R. Martínez-Sifuentes
José A. Hernández-Herrera
Cayetano Navarrete-Molina


firewood, greenhouse gases, rural localities, climate change.


Objective: the objective of this study was to calculate the amount, in kilotons per year (kt a-1), of CO2 emissions from firewood consumption in rural communities of Durango in managed areas (UMAFOR– Forest Management Units) and at the municipality scale.

Design/ Methodology/ Approach: the firewood consumption was determined for each of the UMAFOR areas and the 39 municipalities into which the state of Durango is divided. Greenhouse Inventory Software® was used to determine CO2 emissions.

Results: the annual CO2 balance due to firewood consumption in Durango was 268.05 kt of CO2. These emissions in relation to the national scale represent 1.52% per year. Those UMAFOR and the municipalities that are geographically located in the semi-arid zone of the state of Durango were those with the higher CO2 emissions.

Findings/ Conclusions: it is necessary to couple the consumption of firewood with eco-technologies that favor its efficient consumption, thus mitigating CO2 emissions.

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