Charcoal is big business. Between seven and nine tonnes of wood is needed to produce one tonne of charcoal, with around 60 percent of all wood taken from forests believed to be burnt as fuel. An estimated 400 million cubic metres of wood are turned into charcoal every year. Deforestation is an issue. TFT France’s work in charcoal began in 2013 with our first charcoal member, Weber. Since then we have been tracing our members’ charcoal back to the wood source, with the aim of bringing about total transparency and ensuring there are no links to deforestation. In early 2015 we put together a paper sharing our approach to achieve and encourage charcoal that origins from a source which has no link to deforestation or exploitation.