Friday, November 20, 2009

News from the week, 20/11/09

Biogreen has had a busy week organising our move to Johannesburg, which should be complete within the next month. Our Johannesburg refinery will be supplying biodiesel to Pick n Pay delivery trucks in the Gauteng area. This is mainly due to the success we have experienced in running Biogreen diesel in Pick n Pay’s delivery vehicles in the Western Cape. It is our continued effort to produce biodiesel of the highest quality that will soon lead to our expansion country wide, with refineries set to open in Durban and Port Elizabeth next year.

There has been a lot of debate regarding the viability and benefits of biofuels in reducing carbon emissions. The criticism regarding biofuels is largely centred on the concern that the demand for biofuel feedstock has the potential to lead to an increase in food shortages and deforestation. Biogreen diesel however uses only waste cooking oil supplied by the hospitality industry, as opposed to virgin oil. The amount of biodiesel produced is therefore reliant on the use of oil in the hospitality industry, as opposed to crop production like many other biofuel producers. Furthermore, Biogreen does not support the palm oil industry, which has led to huge deforestation of tropical peatlands. All the oil we supply and use is sunflower oil, with no palm oil content. Although using palm oil is a potentially cheaper option for Biogreen, it would be to the detriment of the environment. Biogreen is strongly opposed to this and we are continuously trying to educate the hospitality industry of the negative environmental effects which occur should they choose to use palm oil.

Biogreen was interviewed by the Sunday Times earlier this week. The article will feature in this Sunday’s edition, so keep an eye out for it. If you are interested in what our company is doing and would like to know more, please feel free to email us at

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