The world-leading biodiesel and advanced biofuels company, Berkeley-based Green Fuels, reaffirmed its support to the city of Juiz de Fora in South Eastern Brazil, and its commitment to sustainable development.
The company used World Environment Day, held earlier this week, to make the announcement.
Juiz de Fora is supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Race to Zero. Green Fuels confirmed its commitment in line with the UK Government’s “Great for Partnership” initiative in the state and country.
Juiz de Fora has published a major agenda for sustainable development. Green Fuels is participating in its new Biokerosene and Renewables Platform as the biofuels refining technology provider and anchor partner.
This ground-breaking public-private partnership (PPP), between the city and the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, brings together the city and surrounding municipalities in the Zona da Mata region, as well as national and international partners from both the public and private sectors.
The Zona da Mata Platform aims to promote recovery of the Mata Atlântica biome and replenishment of depleted aquifers by reforesting degraded land and pasture.
This will stimulate sustainable family farming and local food production while establishing the municipality as a national hub for renewable energy, including biodiesel and sustainable aviation fuel. Use of sustainable feedstock such as used cooking oils from the city and surrounding municipalities, animal fats and macaúba oil – which when used as the staple agricultural feedstock provides a sustainable second-tier income for small family farmers – will be a fundamental principle of the project.
Marking the occasion, Mayor Salomão commented, “In the city of Juiz de Fora, this government is prioritising ecological transition. This connects us with the UN agenda for 2030, according to which we must create the conditions for a more balanced world, with more respect for the environment and our natural resources, the very axis of our government programme.
Green Fuels is a pioneer in renewable fuels. Founded in 2003, it has supplied biofuel equipment with aggregate capacity equating to around £353 billion in fuel sales to customers in more than 80 countries. Identifying aviation and marine as strategic fuel markets of the future, Green Fuels Research was established in 2014 to develop IP in these areas. The group has attracted $11.5 million in direct and indirect research grant funding to date.