Forestry
afforestation
Carbon Credit
African community
  • 26,000 ha of new forest has been established, probably making us Africa’s largest reforestation company during the last decade.
  • Sao Hill Industries is a subsidiary company of Green Resources AS of Norway, which has projects in Tanzania, Mozambique and Uganda. Sao Hill has been active in Tanzania since the early 90’s and is the primary supplier of transmission poles in the country.
  • We believe Green Resources carbon offsets are unique, bringing more benefits to the local population than other projects.
  • Green Resources facilitates socio-economic development and poverty alleviation in rural areas through provision of employment, infrastructure development, schools, health and other community development.
Welcome to Green Resources

Green Resources is Africa’s leading forestation company and a leader in East African wood manufacturing.  The company has 26,000 ha of standing forest in Tanzania, Mozambique and Uganda, established through its own planting activities.  It operates East Africa’s largest sawmill in Tanzania and electricity pole and charcoal plants in Tanzania and Uganda and is also one of the first global companies to receive carbon revenue from its plantation forests.

The company was established in 1995 and is a private Norwegian company with 80 shareholders.  It employs more than 3,600 people and has invested USD 125 mn equity in its African operations since its inception.  Green Resources aims to establish over 100,000 ha of plantation to serve both the growing regional and global demand for wood products.  Its strategy is based on growing wood for both traditional uses (sawn timber, panel board, pulp, etc.) and for the growing bio-energy sector.  It is a leader in carbon finance.  Green Resources has probably planted more trees than any other private company in Africa during the past ten years.  In addition, the company holds land for future planting and conservation, ensuring continued strong growth.

Green Resources also harvests logs from its own plantations established in the 1990’s and will continue to do so as the plantations mature.  Much of the harvesting is in Uganda where eucalyptus is being logged for use in the electrical pole industry, pine for sawlogs and the residues for charcoal production.  The company expects revenues from harvesting to sharply increase over the next five years.

Green Resources aims to follow the highest international environmental standards by conserving natural forest and other valuable habitats.  The company has more than three-quarters of its forests certified according to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standard, the world’s leading standard for environmental and sustainable forest management, and is aiming for 100% certification.  It is the only company with FSC-certified plantations in three African countries and it owns more than two-thirds of the FSC-certified plantation forest in Africa outside the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and Swaziland.  As part of this sustainability policy, the company only harvests plantation forest, currently is planting at least ten new trees for every one tree that it harvests, and only plants on low value grassland or degraded forestland.

Green Resources’ strategy is based on the sustainable development of the areas in which it operates.  The company believes that forestation is one of the most efficient ways of improving social and economic conditions for people in rural areas and aims to be the preferred partner for local communities in these areas; it also wants to be the favoured African employer within its industry.

The prime objective of the industrial operations is to add value to the forest.  Green Resources’ main industrial operations, Sao Hill Industries (SHI), Tanzania, have been significantly upgraded in the past three years.  It now operates two log lines, a pole treatment plant, joinery facilities and a charcoal plant, including what is probably Africa’s (ex-RSA) largest and most modern sawmill.  It has several sales branches throughout Tanzania.  It also operates an electricity pole plant in Uganda.  The industrial operations generated USD 12 mn of revenues in 2011.

Green Resources’ carbon credit projects include both forestation and bio-energy.  It is a leader in forestry-derived greenhouse gas emission reductions, having registered the world’s first forestry project based on the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) in 2009 and sold the first issued credits in 2010.  All of Green Resources’ forestry-derived carbon offset revenues will be reinvested in the countries where they were generated and 10% will be used for community developments, making the credits some of the most attractive in the world.



Transmission Poles
 
The Sao Hill sawmill is located in a village within the government owned Sao Hill Forest Project.
Tree Species
Pinus patula
Native to Central America, P. patula occurs naturally in the eastern, western and southern part of Mexico.
IFC Guidelines
Village Afforestation
 
In Tanzania, Green Resources has given away 120,000 seedlings to villagers.
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