CleanStar Launches Sustainable Mozambique Ethanol Cooking Fuel and New Line of Cooking Stoves
|Sustainable Mozambique ethanol cooking fuel|
is best used in a CleanStar cooking stove
as demonstrated by this woman in Maputo.
CleanStar Mozambique markets sustainable Mozambique ethanol cooking fuel and cooking stoves. The complete marketing package is known as “NDZiLO.” Its purpose is to offer a cooking solution that is "cleaner, faster and safer than using charcoal."
The company CleanStar Mozambique was formed in 2010 by Novozymes and CleanStar Ventures. Its mission is to capitalize on Mozambique's "rising urban demand for food and cooking fuel to drive sustainable rural development and environmental restoration." According to CleanStar Mozambique Chairman Greg Murray, "Today marks an important milestone in the mission to eliminate dirty cooking fuels from Africa’s leading cities. ... Our private-sector led approach in Mozambique provides an encouraging example for other resource-constrained African countries that are struggling to respond to rising food and energy prices, growing cities, and shrinking forests.“
Charcoal used for cooking is a serious environmental issue in Africa. Approximately 80% of urban families purchase charcoal for cooking and it is an increasingly expensive commodity. It may cost up to "$10 billion deforestation dollars annually."
Novozymes and CleanStar Ventures were joined in their efforts by Bank of America Merrill Lynch who provided significant upfront carbon financing to CleanStar Mozambique. This was used to "to unlock additional equity and debt for the scale up of the business."
For more see:
CleanStar Mozambique (corporate video, May 2012)
"CleanStar Mozambique Launches World's First Sustainable Cooking Fuel Facility," Novozymes Press Release, 17 May 2012.
Ethanol Stoves on Market (Novozymes corporate video, May 2012)