Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise - SGFE
Sector: Consumer Goods, Energy, Manufacturing / Industry & Engineering / Conglomerate
Chapter: ICBA

Phlove Lom, Phoum Russey,
Sangkat Stueng, Meanchey Khan Meanchey,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise (SGFE) is an award winning social enterprise, which has developed a type of clean energy that replaces the traditional charcoal on the local market and that creates new socially fair jobs for the poor. SGFE manufactures and sells high quality char-briquettes made from biomass waste.

SGFE produces two types of eco-friendly high quality char-briquettes. The highest quality ‘Diamond’ brand is made just from coconut shells charcoal, and the ‘Premium’ brand is made from a mix of coconut shell charcoal and recycled wood charcoal residues. Both types of char-briquettes comply with the international quality standard for charcoal EU NF 1860 - 2.


Cambodia is facing both, a problem of massive deforestation and a high poverty rate. The traditional charcoal, produced with wood deriving from illegal logging, is still one of the principal sources of energy for cooking in urban areas in Cambodia, causing all problems related to cooking with charcoal (safety and health hazards), in addition to the reduction of thousands of hectares of natural forests every year.
SGFE’s char-briquettes represent a sustainable alternative to traditional charcoal. In fact SGFE’s char-briquettes are produced entirely from biomass waste (no tree is cut for its production) and furthermore, result in a better quality cooking fuel.
SGFE is the result of a joint project implemented by two NGOs,  GERES (Group for Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity)  and PSE (Pour un Sourired’Enfant). The company was initially  registered in 2008 by the two NGOs and the factory was opened  (operational) in December 2009. Carlo Figà Talamanca, an italian  engineer and current owner took over the business in January 2012. Since then, the company has increased production and sales of its environmental char-briquettes reaching over 100 tons/month and is continuing its growth trend.



Carlo Figà Talamanca

+855 97 815 9256
Visal Sim
Accountant & Admin Manager

+855 92 666 078