Using Vegetable oil as a diesel fuel

 Environmental benefits

  The environmental benefits of using vegetable oil rather than fossil fuel is well known. Vegetable oil is described as a 'renewable fuel' as it does not add any extra carbon dioxide gas to the atmosphere, as opposed to fossil fuels, which are causing changes in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide accumulation is thought to produce 'the greenhouse effect' which means that the atmosphere will get hotter, as if the earth were in a greenhouse, and the climate will change accordingly. High winds, rising sea levels, droughts are a few of the probable results of continued burning of fossil fuels.

  Vegetable oil and biodiesel production can involve a great deal of processing and energy use, from sowing the seed to transporting the finished product. Each stage can reduce the environmental benefits, depending on how it is executed, and in the worst case scenario more than 50% of the benefits can be wasted. Intensive farming uses massive amounts of energy to produce fertiliser, distribute the fertiliser to the fields and harvest the oil producing seeds. Then there is the energy intensive oil extraction from the seed and the transportaion to and from centralised processing plant. This energy instensive scenario can be avoided by small community rather than large industrial operation where biofuel production is localised rather than centralised.

  Community biofuels production already occurrs in places where there is no access to cheap energy such as electricity or oil that we take for granted in the modern world. In more remote places people produce biogas from waste products and process their seed crops using more basic and sometimes even hand operated machinery. Biodiesel production does not have to be an energy intensive process if the crop is grown without artificial fertiliser and the product is processed and used locally instead of having centralised processing plant with large road transport miles. This is our vision of the future as oil prices rise and people become more aware of global warming and the harm that pumping carbon out of the ground is causing.

Ethical and Environmental policy

  We are very much aware of the possible downside of biodiesel production and operate an ethical and envvironmental policy. We do not sell machinery or licenses to companies involved in:

  • Pollution. All machinery must have adequate waste water treatment facilities. Some countries, like India, are difficult to deal with on this subject as it seems to be acceptable for them to dump waste into rivers.
  • Deforestation. This is a big problem in some countries where huge tracts of rain forest are being cut down for the production of palm oil.
  • Cruelty to animals.
  • Exploitation of the workforce and unfair pay.
  • Dangerous or unhealthy practises.

  Goat industries would like to consider itself as a business of the future, where decisions are based on a holistic vision. We wish to lead by example and pioneer solutions to the highest standard.