Mozambique: Government approves National Biofuel Policy and Strategy

25 March 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 March – The Mozambican Government Tuesday approved a National Biofuel Policy and Strategy, which is the most important instrument for the launch of production of this activity in the country on a wide-scale.

The strategy approved in a Council of Ministers meeting “establishes a regulatory framework for production of biofuels by the public and private sectors, based on principles of transparency, social and environmental protection,” said Government spokesman, Luis Covane.

The Mozambican government also decided to create the National Biofuel CounciI, a body that will coordinate, supervise and evaluate the policy and strategy, which focus on production of ethanol and biodiesel, he said.

This document establishes that biofuel production will be carried out in three stages: The first will be the pilot phase, which will last until 2015, followed by the operational period, until 2020 and, later, expansion of production.

“This instrument is centred on promotion of ethanol and biodiesel produced from agricultural raw materials appropriate for the country’s agcricultural and climate conditions,” said Covane, who is also the country’s deputy Education and Culture Minister.

The document sets out the guidelines of the country’s biofuel policy, namely its compatibility with food production, as well as a map of land that is apt for use to grow the chosen crops (jatropha, sugar cane, sorghum and sunflowers).

“For ethanol production, we have chosen as essential crops, sugar cane and sorghum,” whilst, “for biodiesel it is jatropha and coconut,” Covane said. (macauhub)