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Central monastic body goes green

Oct 22, 2011

The central monastic body has switched from wood fed, mud ovens to electric ovens, cutting down firewood use drastically.

The monk body traditionally used the massive mud-rammed ovens to cook for the monks, consuming more than 220 truckloads of firewood every year.

There are more than 400 monks in the central monastic body who spend the summer in Thimphu and the winter in Punakha.

The mud ovens inside the Tashichodzong have all but disappeared to be replaced by equally huge electric ovens or LPG cooking gas stoves.

Apart from the obvious environmental benefits, the move has also helped improve health and hygiene.

The monks use solar heaters to take bath.

The Punakha Dratshang will also be made firewood free.

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