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PIB supplies clean energy to South African households

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Published on: 8 November 2019 | Changed on: 12 November 2019

The new PIB programme 'Solid Biomass Opportunities in South Africa' will take care of the supply of clean energy to South African households, while also supplying biofuels to the Netherlands. Through this programme, a cluster of 5 companies will contribute to the sustainable use of wood waste in South Africa.

On 31 October 2019, the PIB cluster and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency signed their PIB agreement. As well as providing opportunities for Dutch companies, the deal will increase profitability and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PIB cluster

The PIB cluster consists of the following 5 companies: FinCo Fuel, African Clean Energy, Yilkins, Control Union Certifications B.V. and Futerra Fuels. The coordinator is Partners for Innovation. The cluster will investigate market opportunities in South Africa and increase the Dutch market share.

Affordable, safe and clean energy

The PIB programme focusses on the valorisation of woody biomass residues in South Africa. Thus creating market opportunities to provide services, knowledge and research, technologies and products. The deal also enables the Netherlands to buy sustainable biomass products, such as pellets and biofuels.

The aim is to develop business cases for pellet factories in South Africa. The pellet factories alone provide over 1,000 jobs, an increase in SMEs, 100 MWth sustainable energy and a 200,000-ton reduction in CO2 emissions per year. They also provide affordable, clean energy for cooking to around 25,000 households with a low income.

PIB activities

The PIB programme organises trade missions, matchmaking events, knowledge events and assists businesses with participation in trade fairs.

The programme also stimulates the exchange of information between Dutch and South African knowledge institutions. These activities are supported by Holland Branding, in cooperation with the Dutch embassy in Pretoria and the consulate in Cape Town.

Partners for International Business (PIB)

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency carries out PIB programme on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you have any questions or you wish to participate in PIB activities, get in touch with PIB programme manager Astrid den Besten.