FourWinds Capital Management, in collaboration with local partners and a team of scientific experts, will develop investment programs in closed systems that focus on tropical biofuel production projects that maximize environmental and social welfare.
The objective of the program is to offer viable alternative energy solutions that are net positive for the environment in terms of carbon emissions and biodiversity, and that achieve a balance of nature together with an equitable treatment of local peoples. In addition to the biofuel component, other elements that are expected to be included in the program are reforestation, biodiversity management, bio-prospecting, land rehabilitation, and water table management.
Not all biofuels have been shown to offer net positive benefits for the environment across the production value chain, and many are not truly energy efficient. In addition, the planting of crops for biofuels has led in some cases to deforestation and acreage stress for agriculture land that was traditionally used for food or feed production.
As targets for biofuel use rise, the impact of the type of biofuels produced on both the environment and on the local communities is becoming increasingly critical.
There are many types of materials that can be used for biofuels. They vary not only in yield, but also in labor requirements, energy consumption, water usage, soil stress, biodiversity impact, and carbon efficiency.
Integrating the full system and resources of the environment into a community program can produce more eco-friendly biofuels, but can also provide other sources of return from biodiversity and reforestation to conservation and medicinal applications.
Anticipated Launch: 2007
First Milestone(s): Pre-funding of development, education and IP components (~$2m) expected to begin autumn 2007, followed by partner and rollout announcements expected in December 2007.
Fund raising, purchase/lease land, planting of biofuel and biodiversity species, education and community development programs, R&D, production facility build out, scale up and expansion. Participants in this Activity: Scientific experts, local governments, community foundations.
SEEKING: financial resources, implementing partners, best practice information.
OFFERING: implementing partners, best practice information.