Botswana plans a 50m-litre per year bio diesel plant

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

Coal-rich Botswana has announced its ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions by setting up a 50 million-litre per year bio-diesel processing plant to be fed from jatropha (oil seed) plantations by 2012.

The project will be funded from the National Petroleum Fund as Botswana joins the fight against climate change and global warming.

Already efforts to acquire at least 70, 000 hectares of land for jatropha plantations to feed the bio-fuel plant are at an advanced stage, according to the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources’ Committee of Supply Report to Parliament.

The report says the aim is to develop the land and then lease it to the private sector and local farmers, adding that the private sector will be motivated to [continue reading]

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