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INTERVIEW BY CLIMATE ACTION

Zurina Amnan, Group CEO, Bionas Group Of Companies answers questions by Climate Action

 

What are the main environmental issues affecting a producer for Crude Jatropha Oil (CJO) and Jatropha Additive for Biopetrol and Biodiesel?

There are no environmental issues that are affecting a producer for Crude Jatropha Oil (CJO) and Jatropha Additive for Biopetrol, Biodiesel and Biojetful like Bionas.  In fact, we actually improve the environment for our policy towards the development of the plantation from an unutilized land, reforestation of an ex-logging land, restoration of toxic land such as ex-tin mine and stop the development of the desert.

What are the main environmental issues affecting a producer for Crude Jatropha Oil (CJO) and Jatropha Additive for Biopetrol and Biodiesel?

Our company policy is consistent with the needs of the environment as we fully utilizing deserted lands as well as the needs of our firm to exploit the full potential of Jatropha.  Customer needs are met through the use of biofuels that stabilize the ever increasing cost of fuel.

Is it possible to ensure that your supply chain is sustainable?

Our supply chain is sustainable as the company's main unique selling proposition is its supply chain branding control, its price leading position, the best concept of implementation and the relative low entry cost of producing Jatropha biofuels.  Most importantly, is its success story in Malaysia with strong presence in other 10 countries.

What steps can your customers take to ensure that they are making good buying choices?

Our customers can start by choosing green products, especially in choosing their fuels. They should start using biofuels as the main source of their transportation fuel. Engine modifications are not required when they use Bionas Biofuels. Start making a difference in our environment by making the right decision.

Do you see yourselves as climate leaders?

Yes we do and as a leader, Bionas (Bio-Oil National) is sharing its technologies with the world.  We developed advanced technologies in developing biofuels with lower cost and better performance to be used throughout the world in helping to save the environment.

What is Bionas' strategy for implementing sustainability standards in line with renewable energy and biofuel targets?

  • Bionas shall submit to UNEP, in Nairobi, a Memorandum that explains Bionas' proposal for a partnership with UNEP to implement th following:
    Technology sharing on Jatropha plantation program for poverty eradication and biofuel production via nano-emulsion and polarization technologies to UN member countries.
  • Bionas undertakes to also invest in every country introduced by UNEP for the implementation of Bionas projects, products and technologies.
    Bionas seeks UNEP's co-operation to set a new standard for biofuels produced via nano-emulsion and polarization technologies.
  • Bionas and UNEP to co-operate with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and oil companies in UN member countries to have a mutual agreement to co-ordinate and unify the biofuel policies of its member countries.  This is to ensure the stabilization of biofuel markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of biofuel to consumers and fair return on capital for those investing in the biofuel industry.

How is Bionas working with governments to reduce the demand on oil?

Bionas is working closely with the governments of a few countries to implement our Jatropha Biofuel Programme.  By implementing our program in their countries, they can reduce the demand on oil by 20-25 percent. In Malaysia, Bionas was involved in the 'Commodity Lab for Jatropha' organized by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia from 23th-24th of March 2010.

What initiatives are Bionas taking to increase energy for poorer people in rural areas?

Bionas has created a lot of iniatives to help the poverty stricken groups in rural areas, especially in Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia.  For the past three years, we have been giving away for free tour hectares worth of Jatropha seeds person to plant Jatropha on their own lands.  Five processing plants were set up ans 313 collection centres are in operation to buyback our farmers’ Jatropha harvest at high prices.  From an economics point of view, we have free lands and free workers.  Our ability to buy back their harvest at a very high price is due to the low entry cost of producing our biofuels via Nano-Emulsion and Polarization technologies.  This is the key to success of Bionas in the Jatropha plantation and Biofuel industry.

Bionas has also improved infrastructure by providing road access to the villages, water catchment and mini hydro-electric.  The Bionas Jatropha Biofuel programme has the ability to lift many people from poverty to financial independence, from despair to respect and unemployment to business owners.

Food vs. Fuel: There are debates as to whether the increase in demand for biofuels results in a global rise of crop prices, the cost of which is passed down to consumers when purchasing food.  How does this impact large industry, small farmers and consumers?

Jatropha is inedible; its cultivation doesn’t impact the supply or prices of food crops.  Jatropha is 2nd generation biofuel feedstock, which is non-food and environmental-friendly.

What are the drivers for increasing biofuels consumption in both the corporate and industrial sectors?

The main driver for the corporate world is their compliance with the UN policy in line with the Kyoto Protocol while in the industrial sectors.  It will be a great saving for them as they will no longer be paying the fines for polluting the environment plus the energy they will use is 20-25 percent than they usually use.

Apart from assisting the reduction of carbon emissions in the transport sector, how else is the use of biofuels combating climate change?

Aside from the transport sector, the use of biofuels will help a lot in reducing emissions from big factories whereby we will be able to remove the carbons from the chimneys of factories and reduce the emission by 85 percent.

What is the most important question that agribusiness should be thinking about right now?

The agri-businesses should be thinking about how to start planting and investing into Jatropha Curcas (for tropical climates) and Swida Wilsoniana (for cold climates), which is non-food and environmental-friendly that benefits the famers who are involved in the plantation directly.  The government will evaluate and consider making Jatropha and Swida as commodities in the event the agri-businesses succeed in this project.

What are the market implications if international biofuel policy should be adopted?

There will be positive market implication as our method of producing biofuels with our technology will not increase the costs to the existing fuel industry.

 Logistically, if a surge in demand for biofuels should occur globally, how will Bionas respond towards the increase?

We are practically ready, willing and able to share our technologies and supply our biofuels to the world while co-operating with government agencies, OPEC countries (Oil Industry), etc.