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 waste wood biomass 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).
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 waste wood biomass 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, 750 MW 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.
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.