D1 Oils is saying that biodiesel from Jatropha is different from biodiesel derived from other plant sources at the WTO meeting in Bali,and that not all biodiesel should be tarred with the same brush by NGOs, according to Biofuel Review.
There’s a lot to be said for the D1 Oils business approach which seems to be based around free informed consent with growers, which may be at odds with other more unscrupulous producers. And if the D1 approach, which is to be integrated from the soil to the tank pays off perhaps it will be a model so compelling that other firms will follow it. One dis advantage of the D1 approach is that the firm is tied to Jatopha for a large part of its production. One big big advantage though is that because it is integrated it can capture value at a number of points along the chain from planting and harvesting Jatropha to refining and potentially blending.
Karl Watkin Founder and Non-Executive Director of D1 Oils said:
“Environmental and development NGOs are right to be critical of soya and palm that are produced unsustainably in areas such as Brazil and Indonesia”, said Watkin. “There’s no point in an energy crop that worsens the problem by destroying forest or grassland. Because these attacks don’t differentiate the sustainable biofuel crops like jatropha from the less sustainable like soya and palm, the NGO campaigns are undermining the industry as a whole. We are in danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”