Interest in biofuels in general and biodiesel production in particular has gained significant attention over the last decade. This phenomenon is especially significant among the developing countries as biofuels offer a solution to meet the growing energy requirements while addressing local sustainable developmental goals of farming communities, governments and international developmental agencies.
Production of biodiesel in developing countries promises several economic, environmental and social benefits in the form of large scale employment generation in rural areas apart from its climate mitigation benefits for the global community. It is estimated that raising a plantation of jatropha over one hectare of land would generate an average employment of 116 to 122 person days annually. Increasing oil prices coupled by the growing concerns of climate change have furthered the attention on biofuels. Further, vegetation cover added by Jatropha cultivation in the biodiesel value chain will also contribute towards control of soil erosion and generation of biodiesel seeds thus will help reduce CO2 emissions from the fossil fuels.
Given this context, GreenStratos has the expertise in providing consulting services to Governments for enabling preparation of a strategic roadmap and action plan focusing on:
- Biofuel Policy and institutional framework
- Financing mechanism
- Detailing contours of plan, programme and projects to be initiated in this domain in partnership with multiple stakeholders
It is very essential for National Governments to customize policies, frameworks and processes to meet the socio-economic and spatial consideration instead of replicating successful experiences from other parts of the world. Similarly, from an enterprise perspective, there is a need for creating different business models and testing them in the local context so as to reduce the risks and maximize rewards.
Our expertise in biofuels domain spans different aspects of the value chain:
- Policy & Regulatory Framework
- Fiscal Incentives
- Institutional Framework
- Role of government and different public agencies
- Role of Bi-Lateral and Multi-lateral Funding Agencies
- Biofuel feedstock Development
- Biofuel Potential & Availability
- Collection Mechanisms
- Supply Chain & Costing
- Operational Issues
- Socio-Economic Concerns
- Environmental Impacts