Jatrophabook.com: the World’s First Online Jatropha Community

October 13, 2008 | Comments Off on Jatrophabook.com: the World’s First Online Jatropha Community

Agroils is proud to announce the launch of JATROPHABOOK.COM at the Jatropha World Hamburg 2008 meeting on 20-22 October. The primary purpose of Jatrophabook is to promote sustainability within the jatropha supply chain by reconstructing the traceability of Jatropha sources informing end users in a clear and transparent way.

The ambitious project will enable registered members to put up information about their projects, share their experiences from around the world & start specific discussions about Jatropha energy supply chains & biofuels sustainability.

Organizations participating at JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 can register to join Jatrophabook for *F*R*E*E* during the conference and add their projects to the interactive map, where every registered Jatropha project will be provided with a personalized space on the website to show their activities.

Registered Jatrophabook members will also have the possibility to tag each other on the interactive map, allowing integration and a sharing of sustainability practices.

Jatrophabook and its community will cooperate with some of the most important international institutions to establish guidelines to improve Jatropha sustainability. Local institutions will also support the delineation of ad hoc principles for every Jatropha growing country and will provide assistance to the registered members.

The final result will be a bottom-up process in which, through the participation of all the members, from the seed producers to the end users, Jatropha sustainability will be achievable.

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JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 Making History-Biggest Number of Jatropha Experts Speaking under one roof!

October 12, 2008 | 3 Comments

JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 is excited to welcome 3 new additions to our panel of experts speaking at the conference. With these new additions, the JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 panel will now have a TOTAL of 35 EXPERTS sharing their perspectives and updates on Jatropha, which is the largest panel we’ve ever had for our JatrophaWorld events, and the largest panel of Jatropha experts speaking at any single Jatropha event in the world!

It gives us great pleasure to introduce the following key Jatropha experts who have decided to grace us with their presence at JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008.

  1. Dr. Habil. Uwe Lahl, Director General
    Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, GERMANY
    TOPIC: OIL CHANGE – Biofuels & Sustainable Mobility
  2. Mr. Johannes Lackmann, Managing Director
    Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie e.V. VDB (Association of German Biofuel Industry)
    : TABLE OR TANK? – Is it possible to have sustainable biofuel?
  3. Mr. Josef Schneider, Sales Manager
    Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau GmbH

    TOPIC: Expeller Presses for Jatropha

JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 is all set to welcome Jatropha practitioners from over 50 countries at the only truly GLOBAL Jatropha gathering in the world.

You will also be part of a truly historical landmark for the Jatropha industry as the world’s first Global “Jatropha Sustainable Biofuels Alliance” will be launched during JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008.

If you haven’t already confirmed your participation at JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008, now would be a good time to do so, as 20 October is only TWO WEEKS AWAY! Visit http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha/attend/register-for-jatrophaworld/ to register for JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 right now!

We look forward to meeting all of you in Hamburg!

Experts call on Investors to use their Economic Muscle to Put Jatropha in the ground and secure the future of the Feedstock.

October 8, 2008 | 3 Comments

“Setting Up Successful Jatropha Projects”, our webcast, went live at 9am EST (USA), 3pm CET (Central Europe), 6.30pm IST (India), 9pm SST (Singapore) on 30 September, and attracted over 150 live listeners and contributors.

Presented in line with JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008, the webcast called on investors and the Jatropha community to use their economic muscle to put Jatropha in the ground and secure the future of the feedstock.

Speaking at the webcast were Dr. R. Rajagopal, author of the position paper “Best Practices for Long Term Jatropha Development” and Mr. Jamey Hadden, Director of Strategic Development at GreenEnergy Ltd, who has to date, been closely involved in over $20 million of successful placements (both private and public) for jatropha-specific ventures.

Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden had a lively exchange on the sustainability criteria, Jatropha project management strategies, and the risks and barriers to Jatropha investments. They agreed during the course of their discussion that there isn’t enough Jatropha being cultivated to meet global demand for fuel; both felt that more needs to be done for the future success of Jatropha.

Mr. Hadden raised a valid point when he asked listeners “What are you willing to do to help us make this market?” while discussing the lack of secure supplies of Jatropha seeds and oil.

But it didn’t stop there. He challenged Biodiesel refiners seeking secure supplies of Jatropha oil to, “Go out there and buy some Jatropha right now, lock in a price, lock in your investment and lock in a supply that you will start experiencing in about 3-4 years, that quite frankly, you OWN.”

Dr. Raj however reminded listeners about the importance of cultivating Jatropha in a sustainable way, with an understanding of local conditions being the main contributing factor in developing the right sets of practices. He further clarified that there was no ONE method to grow Jatropha successfully, and any profit model or sustainability model needs to be developed at a local level.

Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden then moved on to answer questions that had been pre-submitted by listeners from Asia, Europe, North & South America and Africa. There was even a live question and answer session, where participants called in & wrote in to contribute to a lively discussion on Jatropha!

To sum up, the webcast was exciting, fast paced, and many issues were raised and dissected by our experts Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden. In a nutshell, these issues were:

  1. Developing Sustainability Criteria at a local level
  2. Securing Supply of Jatropha oil and seeds
  3. Jatropha’s frost tolerance
  4. A feasible Economic Model for Jatropha cultivation
  5. Jatropha’s Socio-Economic Impact
  6. Need for Jatropha community to meet and exchange ideas

If you missed the live webcast, not to worry. We anticipated that many of you would not have been able to tune in live due to time differences and busy schedules.

We currently have put up the recording of this exciting webcast, which looked at all of the above issues in brief, for you!

Please fill in your first name and email in the form below to access the recording of this webcast.


In the mean time, don’t forget to register for JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008, which is now the most important event for Jatropha in the world. With registered delegates from over 50 countries, almost everyone who has a vested interest in Jatropha is going to be at JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008.

As Mr. Hadden had mentioned in the webcast, “It behoves all of us to get together as often as we can to share our data and experiences, and I make it to every JatrophaWorld to keep my finger on the pulse of the industry.”

JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008 is happening on 20-22 October in Hamburg, GERMANY which is three weeks away. If you haven’t already confirmed your participation, you ought to do so immediately at http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha/attend/register-for-jatrophaworld/

We look forward to meeting you in Hamburg in October.

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New Alliance for Sustainable Biofuels

October 8, 2008 | Comments Off on New Alliance for Sustainable Biofuels

Media release, 7th October 2008

Zürich. Three organizations have founded a global “Jatropha Sustainable Biofuels Alliance”. Their mission is to actively promote a positive reputation for sustainable biofuels and to support their production. Despite a negative public perception not all biofuels have a negative impact on hunger, poverty and the environment.

Jatropha, for example, is a small tree, which grows in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It has long been used for reforestation of semi-arid areas. It also has an enormous potential to increase food production and reduce poverty, as recently shown by a report commissioned by WWF. It allows the cultivation of food plants in combination with biofuel production and rehabilitates land that would not be used for food production otherwise.

Biofuel made from Jatropha may contribute significantly to fight climate change and poverty. It generates jobs and a regular income for local communities.

Jatropha Sustainable Biofuels Alliance was founded by: 4C business campaigning GmbH (Zurich), The Global Exchange for Social Investment / GEXSI (London) and Green Power Holding AG (Zurich).

One of their first goals is to raise awareness to the fact that there are different kinds of biofuels and
each of them needs to be viewed individually.

Further information:
www.businesscampaigning.com / Carla Bertogg +41 440 44 10
www.gexsi.org / Dr. Andreas Renner     +49 (0)30 4000 4764 15
www.greenpower.li / Gregor von Drabich-Waechter +41 44 481 49 00