Through effectively utilizing resources from the environment around them, human beings have been able to develop civilization. By using fossil fuels, underground resources that have been created over millions of years, we started the industrial revolution, created countless wealth, and enjoyed a more convenient life. Yet, at some point, we were faced with the limits of the earth itself in the form of its environmental constraints.

Climate change, a crisis that is drawing special attention, is mainly caused by the increase in fossil fuel use, which in turn has caused complex and diverse problems such as: the emission of greenhouse gases, desertification, abnormal weather, and infectious diseases. At the same time, controls on greenhouse gas emissions have become a constraint on the use of fossil fuels. It exposes the boundary in current social systems that have been enjoying growth based on the availability of low-cost and infinite energy and geographical frontiers.

Key in creating a sustainable social system is a transformation from conventional hunting-driven civilizations that squander resources and destroy the environment, to cultivation-driven civilizations that realize the benefits of long-term conservation of the global environment and human society. Nippon Biodiesel Fuel (NBF) was founded in 2000 with the aim of switching hunting-derived energy to cultivation-derived energy through transforming botanical resources into a new renewable energy for humanity. In order to solve the conflicts in social systems that stem from environmental resource constraints, NBF is not limited to its original business, energy. Instead, we have expanded our business activities to cover multiple fields, and we endeavor to put a new “Cultivated Civilization” into practice in order to create a consummatory society that is not based on quantitative growth.

Company Profile

Trade Name Nippon Biodiesel Fuel Co., Ltd.
Business Description ・“Nokyo” Digital Base
・Electronic voucher
・CBT (Cash based transfer)/ Cash Transfer Program (CTP)
・Renewable Energy Business Overview
Headquarters Location 1-6-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan 100-0004
Date of Establishment 2000/1/21
capital 50 million yen(2020/3)
settlement July
Representative’s Name CEO/Makoto Goda
Number of Employees(Includes affiliated companies) 85 people
Overseas Expansion Example Mozambique
awards WIRED Audi INNOVATION AWARD 2017/世界を動かす日本人50(日 経ビジネス2019年2月4日号)

Corporate History

2000/1 Establishment of NBF
2003/10 Started import and sales of biodiesel fuel from Malaysia
2007/10 Started supply of palm oil biodiesel fuel to a bus company in Tokyo, Japan
2008/4 Started growing test of Jatropha in Palawan Island in the Philippines
2009/8~2012/3 Funded by Kanagawa prefectural government of Japan, for research on improvement of utilization of Jatropha
2010/11~2012/3 Funded by Okinawa prefectural government of Japan, for research on development of a small scale Zero Emission Energy Operation model. The study covers a comprehensive feasibility study including producing Jatropha seed cake for livestock feed.
2010/5~2016 Conducted collaborative research with the University of Tokyo (Japan) on production, efficiency, and sustainability of Jatropha biofuel, an Official Development Assistance (ODA) project financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency
2011/10~2013/3 Conducted a renewable energy project in northern Mozambique with a grant from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a governmental agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan. This project examined the feasibility of electrification and a carbon offset plan for non-electrified villages using Jat-Diesel.
2012/3 Established a subsidiary company Agro-Negócio para o Desenvolvimento de Moçambique, Limitada. (ADM) in Mozambique
2014/3~2020 Funded by AECF (The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund) on the renewable energy project of Jat-Diesel and biofertilizer in Northern Mozambique.
2015/4~2017/10 Funded by JICA’s BOP business collaboration promotion project for a demonstrative research project of finance and information infrastructure using electronic money technology in Mozambique
2015/10~2019/5 ADM was entrusted with the E-voucher project of the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Mozambique
2019/5~2020/3 Entrusted with the project as a local implementation partner in Mozambique, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. The project aims to promote the development of the food value chain in Africa through problem solving for market development.
2019/8 The head office moved from Odawara, Kanagawa to Chiyoda, Tokyo
2019/10 Provided a digital platform for improving smallholder farmers’ market integration in Mozambique through a Virtual Farmers Market by WFP
2019/9~2020/2 ADM was entrusted with the FAO’s E-voucher project on the emergency relief for the victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique
2019/12~2022 ADM entrusted with the cash transfer project of the Mozambican government, funded by the World Bank, as a consortium with Mozambican major mobile career company’s e-money subsidiary.
2020/4~2022 Funded by MAFF for the Promotion of Agriculture platform development in Africa (Mozambique, Senegal and South Africa)
2021/6 Established a subsidiary company NBF SENEGAL SARL in Senegal
2021/12 Basic Agreement Signed with ADIN, Mozambique’s Government Agency, for the Realization of Small Smart Community
2022/3 Agroponto, a digital agricultural cooperatives application, is launched for public use.