Sukkersektor Mexico Case-top

NAMA for the sugar sector in Mexico

Reference: UNEP-DTU

How can residual biomass from agro industries be exploited as energy for both the company and the local community? Viegand Maagøe and UNEP-DTU are working for a sector finance strategy (NAMA) for biomass-based energy production from the sugar sector in Mexico.

How we completed the assignment

The sugar sector in Mexico has great economic importance through the direct and indirect employment of 2 million people. The sector already uses the residual biomass product bagasse to produce process heating but there is a great and overlooked potential for co-production of biomass-based power and heat and selling surplus electricity to the grid.

Viegand Maagøe has assisted UNEP-DTU establishing a sector finance strategy (NAMA or Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) for biomass-based energy production from the sugar sector. The implementation will, among other things, reduce emissions and strengthen the competition of sugar factories in the international market.

The strategy appeals to businesses and inspires them to attach their electricity production to the national power grid, and it also supports the difference between the financially viable solution for the enterprise and the socio-economic best solution.


Reference: UNEP-DTU

Contract period: 2018 (Viegand Maagøe)

Viegand Maagøe has completed:

  • Data collecting at Mexican sugar factories
  • Identification of potential for biomass-based power and heating
  • Identification of energy efficiency improvement potential
  • Identification of optimal technology investments
  • Estimate of relevant technology prices in a Mexican context.


If the strategy is implemented, it will contribute to the green transition of Mexico’s energy production. It will also result in:

  • Strengthened competition in the sugar industry
  • Large energy savings at the individual facilities
  • Reduces air pollution through improved cleaning of flue gas
Global Goals

The project contributes to several of the UN Global Goals:

SDG 3 “Good health and well-being”
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

SDG 7 ”Affordable and clean energy”
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

SDG 8 “Decent work and economic growth”
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.


Do you want to know more about the project and what we can do for you? Please, contact us.

Carsten Glenting Viegand Maagøe

Carsten Glenting

Partner, Head of Strategy, Economics, and Finance

Mobil: +45 21 64 34 89

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