SBIOCI isutilizing the potential of residual biomass from overgrown rubber tree plantations, a source of biomass which is regarded as waste and is burned in situ at the plantations or sold as firewood for domestic consumptions. The domestic use of rubber wood in cooking stoves is a great source of local pollution.
SBIOCI produces Co2 friendly biomass from plantations scheduled for replanting. Rather than leaving the biomass for no use, SBIOCI utilizes this residue and helps heat up Northern Europe during the cold winter months. The thermal power companies developed a standard for certification of sustainable biomass, a standard followed by SBIOCI as the only African biomass producer.
The export of residual biomass from rubber tree plantations in Cote d’Ivoire generates export income for the country, provides the plantations with much needed revenue to help them finance replanting, generates local employment, and contributes to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, both for the importing countries in Europe, who replaces coal with renewable sources of energy, and for Côte d’Ivoire, who removes large quantities of biomass otherwise burned with negative effects for the environment.
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