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Biofuel to Supplement Oil Supplies

by Tryness Tembo (Zambia Daily Mail Limited) For any economy to grow, stable supply of fuel at affordable prices should be guaranteed hence for all sectors need readily -available fuel to operate effectively. For example, Zambia, which is dependent on imported crude oil urgently need ethanol to drive the production chain. The benefits

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s Needed in African Agriculture Before Technology

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (AgFunderNews)  “A lot of what’s needed in African agriculture is quite low-tech if tech at all,” says Gary Vaughan-Smith, chief investment officer at SilverStreet Capital, the agribusiness private equity firm. SilverStreet has been investing in African agriculture since 2011 when it held the first close of its first $320 million

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) once specified a

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Perspectives on Biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Susan van Dyk, Emile van Zyl, Brett Pletschke (International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39)  This short contribution provides some perspectives on opportunities for biofuel production on the African continent. Africa has a large land base, with only 27% of its arable land currently utilised. High level assessments, such as by the

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Launches Cassava Out-Grower Programme for Bioethanol Project

(Biofuels International)  Sunbird Bioenergy Africa has commenced work on a cassava out-grower programme to provide sustainable feedstock for a bioenergy project expected to eventually produce 120 million litres per year of bioethanol for Zambia’s ethanol-fuel blending programme. The move came soon after Sunbird presented at the Luapula Expo, which was

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Zambian Mine in First-of-a-Kind Tailings Dump Site Rehab, Hopes to Eventually Produce Biodiesel

by Mia Breytenbach (Mining Weekly)  Zambia’s largest integrated copper producer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), owned by global conglomerate Vedanta Resources, has launched the first project of its kind in Zambia to rehabilitate a mining site. The project, launched earlier this month, aims to cultivate elite pongamia pinnata trees for biodiesel

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Potential Biofuel Feedstocks and Production in Zambia

by Paul C. Samboko, Mitelo Subakanya, Cliff Dlamini  (United Nations University-WIDER)  The need for energy security and climate change mitigation have increased blending mandates worldwide; in Southern Africa, demand for biofuels could increase following South Africa’s planned blending mandates. However, land constraints limit local industry expansion, with demand likely to be met

April 19, 2017 Read Full Article

CEC to Conduct Biodiesel, By-Product Survey

(Zambia Daily Mail)  Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) intends to conduct a survey for biodiesel and its by-product to enable the firm establish market for potential customers. The firm’s biodiesel plant, which has a production capacity of one million litres per annum, produces diesel from jatropha curacas derived oil and

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

CEC to Commercialise Biodiesel Plant

by Kelly Njombo (Zambia Daily Mail)  THE Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to commercialise its biodiesel plant after approval from Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS). ZABS has issued CEC with a product and process certification which demands a number of documentation such as standard operating procedures, quality manuals, and policies, among others.

September 22, 2016 Read Full Article

GRFA Supports Adoption of National Policies to Reduce Emissions

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently sent letters to the national leaders of 24 countries that highlighted biofuels as part of their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution plans at the recent Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on

April 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

EEP Southern and East Africa Issues Call for Project Proposals DEADLINE: April 25, 2016

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In South Africa, the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions that can contribute to the reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what? In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality

by Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg (New Climate Economy)  The research underpinning this New Climate Economy Working Paper was a major input into the 2015 New Climate Economy report and articulates the practical steps that policymakers can take to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. The paper reinforces the recommendations

December 22, 2015 Read Full Article

CNE and Sunbird to Develop Bioethanol Facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia

(Biofuels International)  China New Energy has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sunbird Bioenergy Africa for the development of two biorefineries, one each in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Memorandum of Undestanding (MOU) was signed at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 6th Ministerial Conference and Summit in Johannesburg, South

December 10, 2015 Read Full Article

British Firm Partners Government to Set up $150mln Ethanol Plant

(The Source/New Zimbabwe)  … Sunbird Bioenergy has partnered government to set up a $150 million ethanol operation in Zimbabwe next year, an official has said.  The deal will see the establishment of an ethanol plant with capacity to produce up to 120 million litres of ethanol annually and generate 33 megawatts

October 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Zambian Entrepreneur on Running a Biodiesel and Soap Production Business

by Kate Douglas (How We Made It In Africa)  Soon after Mutoba Ngoma finished studying aeronautical engineering in the UK, he decided to return to his home country Zambia to start manufacturing biodiesel in his backyard. Almost 10 years later his company, Tapera Industries, has grown into a diversified eco-friendly

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Illovo Says Policy Certainty Key to Unlocking Sugar’s Cogeneration Potential

by Terence Creamer (Engineering News)  … For Illovo, meanwhile, electricity generation forms part of a larger downstream diversification strategy, designed to lower the group’s reliance on sugar prices. Besides power, the JSE-listed group is also moving to expand its ethanol production in South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Swaziland, while producing a

May 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Zambia: ZDA Okays U.S.$150 Million Ethanol Plant

(AllAfrica/Times of Zambia)  THE Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has given Sunbird Bio-energy Africa an investment licence to set up a US$150 million ethanol plant in Luena farm bloc in Kawambwa District of Luapula Province. … In a separate interview, Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali said the leaders in the

March 31, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in

January 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Set up Biofuel Fund, Government Urged

by Kennedy Mupeseni (Times of Zambia)  An energy expert has said Government should establish a low interest-rates biofuel fund to be accessed by Zambians for various operations in biofuel value chains.  Biofuel Association of Zambia (BAZ) chairperson Thomson Sinkala said Government should establish the facility to support the biofuel value industry

November 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Mahtani Group to Build $150m Ethanol Plant

by Kalonde Nyati(Zambia Daily Mail)  Mahtani Group of Companies has partnered with Sunbird Group of the United Kingdom to develop a US$150 million bio-ethanol plant in Luapula Province.   Mahtani Group of Companies group chairperson Rajan Mahtani said the plant that will use cassava as its by-product in the production of

August 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Zimbabwean Investor Keen to Launch $500 Million Ethanol Plant

(Biofuels International)  A Zimbabwean investor is looking to plough $500 million (€360 million) into an ethanol production plant in Kawambwa, Luapula Province, in Zambia. … (Luapula Province’s permanent secretary Chanda) Kasolo believes Zambia can save huge sums of money by using ethanol blended with petrol as fuel for vehicles and to

May 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Local Food Security: What Does the Evidence Say?

by Anna Locke and Giles Henley (Overseas Development Institute) • People worry that using crop-based biofuels to increase the volume of low-carbon fuels could worsen hunger in poor countries by pushing up global food prices and endangering local food security. • ODI research finds that existing evidence does not allow us to state categorically

April 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) specified a

January 2, 2014 Read Full Article
  Cassava World Africa March 20-21, 2014 Lusaka, Zambia

Cassava World Africa March 20-21, 2014 Lusaka, Zambia

“Transforming Cassava in Africa – Enhancing Food Security to Agro-Industrial Products!” Global starch market outlook & feedstock economics Cassava projects update in East, West and South Africa Cassava agronomy/best practices and pest management Value addition & market prospects Mechanizing production and processing technology Infrastructure plans to support cassava value chain development Case studies in South

December 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Zambia Sugar Can Produce 10 p.c. Fuel Needs

(BlackSeaGrain)  Zambia Sugar has said it can supply up to 10 per cent of the country’s fuel requirement using its ethanol. Zambia Sugar head of corporate affairs Lovemore Sievu said this at the just-ended 87th Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show in Lusaka. Mr Sievu said Zambia Sugar was diversifying to

August 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Zambia Sugar to Set Up Ethanol Plant

by Maimbolwa Mulikelela (AllAfrica)  ZAMBIA Sugar Plc has pledged to support Government’s efforts in mitigating the high cost of fuel and help create employment opportunities through the establishment of an ethanol plant in Zambia. This follows a recent announcement by the Government that it was ready to sign a memorandum of

July 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Zambia: Govt Resorts to Ethanol Fuel

by  Judith Namutowe (AllAfrica.com)   Government has said it will start importing ethanol from Zimbabwe with a view to lowering the high fuel prices in Zambia.   And Government will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zimbabwe-based firm, Green Fuel in its continued efforts to find cheaper sources of fuel for

May 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Community Level Production and Utilization of Jatropha Feedstock in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe

by Enos Shumba, et al (World Wildlife Fund for Nature)  The bio-fuel debate has largely focused on large feedstock plantations that produce products for the export market. It has not acknowledged and seriously considered the existence of considerable small scale feedstock production that is targeted at uses other than large

May 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, PANGEA (Partners for Euro African Green Energy) is launching today a booklet outlining Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa. The brochure is intended to demystify the manipulated data and misinformation that is often used to describe bioenergy in sub-Saharan Africa. The

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

VayuGrid Signs Agreement for Biofuel Zones in Zambia

(VayuGrid/PR NewsWire)  EEP-SEA Selects VayuSap™ Among 168 Other Projects for a Grant of Over $1 Million India-based VayuGrid and Zambia-based BetterWorld Energy have inked an agreement to partner on VayuSap™ biofuel development zones in Zambia. The development zones, based on Elite VayuSap™ trees, will produce sustainable energy, local jobs, and reforest and rehabilitate

February 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Zambia: CEC Starts Bio-Diesel Blending

(AllAfrica.coom)  Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) has this year projected to produce 600,000 litres of bio-diesel from crude jatropha oil to meet its own fuel requirements. The company will next month start blending the fuel from jatropha for its own use. CEC director in charge of strategy and regulation Silvester Hibajene

January 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Implications of Biodiesel-Induced Land-Use Changes for CO2 Emissions: Case Studies in Tropical America, Africa, and Southeast Asia

by Achten, W. M. J., and L. V. Verchot (Ecology and Society)  Biofuels are receiving growing negative attention. Direct and/or indirect land-use changes that result from their cultivation can cause emissions due to carbon losses in soils and biomass and could negate any eventual greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction benefit. This paper

December 7, 2011 Read Full Article

China Completes First Biofuel Jet Test Flight

by John C.K. Daly (http://oilprice.com)   On 28 October Air China conducted its first trial flight of a passenger jet powered by a mix of biofuel and traditional aviation fuel. The Jet A-1 biofuel kerosene used in the flight was derived from the seeds of tung trees, more commonly known as

November 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Jatropha a ‘Disappointment’, D1 Oils Admits

(Agrimoney.com)  D1 Oils put its hands up to out-of-pocket investors in jatropha, admitting that the once-lauded oilseed had been a “disappointment”, as the group unveiled – yet another – strategy shift. Steven Rudofsky, the D1 Oils chairman, acknowledged that the oilseed, which a decade ago was raised as an abundant source of

October 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Illovo Sugar Plans to Produce Ethanol From Molasses in Tanzania by 2013

by Niki Moore (Bloomberg)  Illovo Sugar Ltd. (ILV), Africa’s largest producer of the sweetener, plans to start making potable ethanol from molasses in Tanzania by 2013, Managing Director Graham Clark said. “We have created an opportunity in Tanzania to produce ethanol from molasses” he said in an interview at the company’s

July 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels Boom in Africa as British Firms Lead Rush on Land for Plantations

by Damian Carrington and Stefano Valentino (The Guardian)  British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel plantations than companies from any other country, a Guardian investigation has revealed. Half of the 3.2m hectares (ha) of biofuel land identified – in countries from Mozambique to Senegal – is linked to 11

June 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Zambia: Investor Sets Up Biofuel Plant

(AllAfrica)  Black Power Investment has set up a refinery plant which produces 3,000 litres of biofuel a day. …Mr Sheriff said the firm spent US$250,000 to acquire equipment which produces 3,000 litres of fuel a day.  READ MORE

May 25, 2011 Read Full Article

AGZAM to Invest $251M in Sugar, Ethanol in South Africa

by Nicholas Bariyo  (Dow Jones Newswires)  South Africa-based AGZAM Project Developers Ltd. is planning to invest at least $251 million to develop a sugar plant and at least 15,000 hectares of sugar plantations in Zambia’s southern province, the state-run Zambia Development Agency said late Friday. …(T)he project is expected to create

April 7, 2011 Read Full Article

D1 Oil: Crude Jatropha Oil Demand Continues to Outweighs Supply, Harvests Hit by Heavy Rains

by Jamie Ashcroft   (Proactive Investors United Kingdom)  D1 Oils revealed that demand is out-pacing supply for its Crude Jatropha Oil (CJO)…  D1 said that it is continuing to experience demand for greater quantities of CJO than it is able to supply and it has already sold all 500 tonnes

March 3, 2011 Read Full Article

Report Finds Bioenergy Production Can Expand across Africa without Displacing Food

(EurekAlert)  Policies needed to address potential conflicts, but report views bioenergy as crucial to ‘unlocking Africa’s latent potential’. Crops can be produced for bioenergy on a significant scale in west, eastern and southern Africa without doing damage to food production or natural habitats, according to a report produced by the

July 27, 2010 Read Full Article

Biofuels Association of Zambia Urges Govt to Set up Biofuels Fund

by Mutale Kapekele (The Post Online)  The government should set up a biofuels fund, Biofuels Association of Zambia (BAZ) chairperson Professor Thomson Sinkala has advised. …“Biofuels is a turnkey industry for Zambia. We must go beyond potential and turn the wheels into action. The government should move fast.” …If we

March 23, 2010 Read Full Article

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