ABOUT | Sustainability Policy
Blue Sun Biodiesel is aware of the world community’s concerns regarding the net impact of biofuels on our planet. Since our founding, we have conducted business on the principle of leaving a lasting legacy in three areas: people, planet, profits. We are concerned about the recent claims in the press decrying biofuels as a major contributor to global warming and rising world food prices. We would like you to know where we stand on the issue overall and, specifically, how it relates to biodiesel.
Over the past six and one-half years, Blue Sun has spent significant money and time working to develop feedstock crops like dryland canola and camelina that can be grown on marginal land in a manner that will not displace arable land devoted to growing crops for human consumption. Camelina is a non-food crop that enhances the overall productivity of the land by complementing the winter wheat rotation and has low water use requirements. Blue Sun has never utilized palm oil as a feedstock.
Biofuels have also been blamed for worldwide food price inflation. Several recent studies estimated that biofuels contributed about 5% to last's years total 4-5% food cost inflation (i.e. 0.2 to 0.3%). However, increasing demand from developing countries and more meat in the diets of countries like China and India are typically noted as more significant contributing factors to food price inflation. Additional inflationary factors include higher production costs due to increased fuel and other energy prices. Unfortunately, these primary drivers are often overlooked in hasty attempts to place blame on the biofuels industry.
We are excited to be a part of a new direction in energy possibilities, and a part of the solution in developing the domestic market for biodiesel, which has an energy efficiency three times greater than that of petroleum diesel and corn-based ethanol. Further, we are dedicated to improving our contribution by developing more efficient energy sources by participating in research to find more efficient feedstocks and processes in biodiesel production. We would like to share our thanks with you, our stakeholders, for your part in bringing biodiesel to your communities. Together, we can continue to move away from petroleum-based energy to more sustainable and renewable sources.
5 June 2008