The neighbor will be annoyed anyway, when the smoke from the Grill wafting in through the bedroom window, or in the parlor. But at least the die-hard grill master can point now with a clear Conscience to the fact that with a certain probability the burning of wood, coal, environmental – and social-friendly.

Because, the result of the WWF-charcoal study 2019, in Switzerland, less tropical wood is burned in the Grill. In addition, it has improved the Declaration of wood species and origin.

Switzerland imported 99 percent of the wood charcoal and wood briquettes from abroad, each year 13’000 tons. Because it’s worth it to look closely. To ensure an environmentally sustainable forestry, recommended by the environmental Association, the purchase of FSC-certified products. to determine

the type and origin of the charcoal, had the WWF samples in a specialized laboratory in Germany to investigate. 15 coal were last may – and briquette bags of different providers tested. Purchased by the WWF at Aldi, Migros, Landi, Jumbo, Denner, Obi, Coop and Globus.

the Situation has since 2018

improves The result In two products, the laboratory of tropical wood discovered Both products are not FSC certified, the currently strictest Standard for environmental and socially responsible forest management. One of the products derived from the Obi (Flammenco Grill charcoal briquettes 3 kg to 4.95 francs), the other from Landi (Barbecue barbecue Club barbecue-charcoal 5 kg to 5.25 francs).

In the case of non-certified wood from the tropics or from Europe, the danger is that it comes from over-exploited forests or illegal logging is.

However, the study also shows that 54 percent of the products were incorrectly or only partially correctly declared, of which three-quarters will bear almost no certification. The wood comes from the Ukraine, from South Africa or Poland, it can not be excluded the risk of illegal logging or overuse.

After all, Since the WWF the study in 2018 for the first Time had carried out, the Situation has improved. At the time, the results were even more alarming, much of the burned more tropical wood: “Even if the results go in the right direction, should the vendor the subject of even more value,” says Damian Oettli, forest expert at WWF Switzerland. “Our initial analysis has certainly raised the awareness of retailers and consumers,” says Oettli.