CCF Bushblok

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Overview

Turning invasive brushwood into a valuable fuel source

 

Overview

Headquarters: Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Established: 2001
Impact Areas: Namibia
Type: Nonprofit
Energy Sectors:
Business Model Types:
Staff Size: 45
Annual Budget: CCF: US$2m Bushblok: US$354,800
Major Funders: Cheetah Conservation Fund USA EarthWatch International
Awards: 2008: CSTS Tech Award2009: St Andrews Prize for the Environment finalist2010: Tyler Prize for the Environment

ABOUT

CCF Bushblok is a for-profit subsidiary of the Cheetah Conservation Fund that processes invasive brushwood from cheetah habitats into fuelwood logs.

 

Energy Products/Services

Target Market

  • Grocery customers in Europe, Namibia, and South Africa, cheetah supporters

 

CCF Bushblok

 

 

 

Revenue Streams

  • Sale of briquette logs
  • Grants and donations

Value Proposition

  • Removal of brushwood saves the lives of cheetahs by expanding their habitat space and allowing them to stay far away from humans.
  • Once it breaks even, Bushblok’s revenues are intended to help support CCF’s activities and it already serves as a strong marketing tool.
  • Bushblok’s fuel logs are sold in grocery stores internationally and it is now working to develop biomass plants which can use the fuel logs to produce electricity.
  • Should brushwood be proven as a viable feedstock for off-grid power, there is great potential for Namibia to reduce its fuel consumption, as there are 12 million hectares of brushwood in Namibia and each can produce 10-11 tons of biomass.

Problem Addressed

  • Cheetahs in Namibia are routinely killed because they encroach upon farmland and attack livestock
  • One cause is invasive brushwood which limits cheetahs’ room to roam.
  • In Namibia, 25 million acres are covered with invasive thornbushes.

Where They Are Now

Impact to Date

  • In 2010 Bushblok sold 60,000 packages of fuel logs (600 tons of biomass)
  • Bushblok produced a total of 2,000 tons of biomass, the rest of which were sold as raw chips and other products.
  • In 2010 400 hectares of cheetah habitat were restored and 20 jobs created.

 

Milestones

  • 1990: CCF Founded
  • 2001: Bushblok founded
  • 2005: Factory opened

Growth Plan

  • Hoping to break even by 2013
  • Currently trying to purchase biomass generators to run the Bushblok plant and headquarters, and then hope to expand to providing small-scale power elsewhere in Namibia.
  • Bushblok also hopes to make its brush harvesting methods into an industry standard for Namibia, with a certification process to ensure correct procedures.

How They Deliver

Product Sourcing

  • Bushblok processes brush into logs in its own plant in Otjiwarongo, Namibia
  • Its harvesting and production process is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • Wood is chopped into chips, then they are hauled to the plant in Otjiwarango, dried out, further chipped, then extruded into logs.
  • While Bushblok is currently producing 2,000 metric tons per year, at capacity its machines could produce 5,000 metric tons/year.
  • Bushblok sells a variety of products made from chips and extruded bush- fuel pellets, fuel logs, and other wood crafts such as doors.

Distribution

  • Bushblok sells its products in grocery stores in Namibia, South Africa, and Europe.

Revenue & Affordability

  • Logs are primarily currently sold to customers who want to support CCF’s cheetah conservation efforts.
  • Because the logs are heavy, shipping costs make it problematic to send them to other markets as a price-competitive product.

Financing

  • CCF is a nonprofit, and completely grant financed.
  • Bushblok is a private company, but is being supported by CCF until it breaks even.

More Resources

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Contact Information

CCF Bushblok
Address:
Namibia:
CCF Bush (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 769
Otjiwarongo
US:
P.O. Box 2496
2210 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22301-0496

( +264 (0)67 304806
* info@bushblok.com