Pioneering a sustainable business model to protect forests, produce food and deliver clean energy
Description/achievement of initiative

Pioneering a sustainable business model where rural smallholders engage in agro-forestry to provide inputs for the production of food and ethanol-based cooking fuel for urban consumers.

Implementation methodologies

In 2009, Novozymes met CleanStar Ventures, a venture development partnership that leverages innovation to drive social development and environmental restoration, which has similar interests. The companies conducted a joint feasibility study in Mozambique, which showed an opportunity for a highly profitable and sustainable venture that could be delivered at significant scale and replicated. On that basis the companies jointly invested in the newly-formed CleanStar Mozambique in August 2010. Alongside Novozymes and CleanStar Ventures, the business brings together other partners, most notably the engineering group ICM Inc. that is providing the ethanol plant and Bank of America Merrill Lynch that has entered a multi-million Certified Emission Reduction financing agreement with CleanStar Mozambique.

CleanStar Mozambique will monitor all relevant targets on an ongoing basis, Please redirect the available website at: Clean Star Mozambique


ICM Inc, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Dometic
Open to additional partners
Deliverable Date
Number of smallholders implementing agro-forestry model: 2,000 2014
Number of trees planted in agro-forestry systems: 2 million 2014
Amount of ethanol-based cooking fuel produced in Mozambique: 2 million liters per year 2014
Number of clean cookstoves sold to urban consumers: 80,000 2014

Action Network
  • Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
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