Ethical investment agency launches exclusive new South African renewable energy opportunity

World

In an attempt to meet the ever growing global demand for energy whilst at the same time considering the health of the planet, attentions are increasingly turning to the use of biomass as a source of renewable energy.

Producing products such as green charcoal, energy pellets and activated carbon, biomass, derived from a variety of sources including the bamboo plant, can be grown and harvested sustainably and burned efficiently to generate heat and / or electricity.

According to recent RISI and North American Bioenergy studies, it is anticipated that global demand for biomass will double within 2 years alone and within 5 years reach 37 million dry tonnes per year in Europe and 20 million dry tonnes in the USA. By 2020, the demand for biomass in Europe should reach 243 million dry tonnes with more than 77% of the overall demand coming from the energy sector.

Outside of the major Western markets, demand for biomass is also increasing and changing in the nature of its supply. In South Africa alone, which is highly coal dependant, there is a rapid movement towards the use of biomass for heat and power. Today 10.7% of primary energy demand in the nation comes from renewable sources but carbon reduction targets and economic need are driving the renewable energy sector towards a likely contribution of 47.8% of all primary energy needs by 2050.

So what is the best source of biomass? It makes sense that the world’s fastest growing land plant – bamboo – is quite simply the best source of biomass.

Marcus Vassiliou, Sales Manager of leading alternative investment agency, EcoInvestments, explains,

“Bamboo is an excellent base material for the production of ‘green charcoal’ or ‘bio char’. One species in particular, Bambusa balcooa has a higher calorific value when used in charcoal than many traditional wood sources and performs excellently when used as activated carbon, a material widely used in water filtration and air conditioning systems. It truly is a super-material.”

Fully appreciating the vast potential of bamboo as a source of biomass and the rapidly rising demand not only in South Africa itself but globally too, EcoInvestments has secured an exclusive opportunity for investors to purchase a biomass plantation lease.

Building upon the success that their partners enjoyed in Nicaragua in becoming the world’s largest owner and operator of commercial bamboo plantations outside of China, EcoPlanet Bamboo Southern Africa has undertaken thorough due diligence over the past 18 months to ensure that the optimum location has been secured to grow bamboo for biomass.

Working with highly experienced partners on the ground with a proven track record, this bamboo, which is already planted and thriving, will be harvested sustainably upon maturity to produce biomass which will be sold to the energy market. Plots are available from USD $20,000 per hectare with 22.6% annualized yields and 226% ROI forecast – an income of $65,295, over the 9 year and 10 month lease.

For more information about this new, excusive and ethical investment opportunity, contact EcoInvestments today on +44 (0) 20 3012 0306 or visit www.ecoinvestments.co.uk.
 

Building skills and improving lives: Socially responsible investment drives positive change in Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Ethical investments offer individuals the opportunity to place their money into projects that reflect their own personal ethics and morals. On this front, investors who have participated in EcoPlanet’s Bamboo plantations in Nicaragua will be pleased to know that the project is having an immensely positive impact on the local community.

Seeking to achieve sustainability by considering social, economic and environmental aspects, EcoPlanet Bamboo is committed to the development of a fully sustainable bamboo plantation. Now entering the second phase, the Rio Siquia bamboo plantation is flourishing, responding well to the use of organic fertilizers, using techniques such as vermiculture, the planting of nitrogen fixing plants and biogreen fertilizer. This has led to flourishing, healthy plants, nearing a year of age and without any detriment to the surrounding ecosystems or wildlife.

Of course, one of the biggest implications of the plantation is its positive effect on the local community. In addition to the 206 jobs that have been created, EcoPlanet Bamboo has begun offering training courses for their employees such as a 6 week bamboo workshop, where employees are trained in the art of bamboo construction, furniture and handicrafts. As well as this, reading and writing classes are also offered to all employees to help build skills and abilities among the local community.

Marcus Vassiliou Sales & Marketing Manager of EcoInvestments, the alternative investment company which sells investments in EcoPlanet Bamboo comments,

“Investing ethically can be extremely rewarding, both financially and for your conscience. It’s a great feeling to know that your money is being put to good use, improving lives in developing countries and having a beneficial impact on the environment. To push our social responsibility