We make sure that forest conservation and reforestation is a much better business opportunity for all stakeholders.
Responsibly operating corporations know that we need to stop deforestation and to urgently reduce the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
We offer corporate turnkey programs that conserve native forests and provide carbon offsets from reforestation in the Gran Chaco, South America’s second largest forest after the Amazon Rainforest.
We protect a maximum of the existing native forest lands with all of its biodiversity and we reforest cattle land that was deforested over 10 year ago in silvopasture mode (cattle grazing combined with forestry). As more cattle grazes on the same land we avoid any Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) effects. We use perennial trees that sequester significant levels of CO2 rapidly and produce oil-filled pods yearly.
The oil is transformed into renewable fuel and the remainder is used as bio-protein for feed and food avoiding additional deforestation and CO2 emissions.
That’s what we call quadruple impact!
Corporates can own their own reforestation program or purchase verified carbon offsets, oil and or bio-protein from our operations. Proceeds of corporate programs can be directly re-invested in additional reforestation which makes the programs exponential and everlasting.
There is no reason, or excuse, for any global corporation not to act immediately. Reforestation programs bring economic gains and social co-benefits to all stakeholders and are beneficial to us all.
Large-scale deforestation results in increased emissions and biodiversity loss.
A quarter of all GHG emissions worldwide are caused by deforestation, forest degradation and land use changes, incl. agriculture.
The Gran Chaco is South America’s second-largest native forest and functions as one of world’s major carbon sinks. However, with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, the Chaco with its rich biodiversity with rare and endangered animals species and indigenous communities, is at immediate risk of collapsing.
From 1985-2016 an area the size of England was deforested and in 2018 alone 255,000 ha of native forests were cut down.
The current deforestation rate means, that by 2025 all remaining native forest areas will likely be deforested and converted into cattle- or croplands under the current deforestation laws.
Our reforestation and forest conservation programs restore cattle land as silvopastures; combining trees and grazing livestock while creating additional green reserves of native vegetation with all its biodiversity.
The Paraguay Chaco, close to Brazil, has the optimal climate, extensive land availability and the presence of legislation favourable to reforestation. After the restoration lease periods, trees transfer automatically to the land-owners and continue to produce and sequester CO2 for another 50+ years.
The Pongamia tree produces nitrogen, a natural fertilizer, that allows grass in its vicinity to grow abundantly without the need for additional fertilizing. Pongamia leaves have a taste that cattle dislike, giving the trees protection from grazing species.
Pongamia is resistant to extremely hot temperatures (up to 55 degrees celsius) and can withstand 3 to 4 months of dry season of the Chaco. Over the past 20 years, the Chaco has suffered from extensive deforestation to make way for cattle land developments.
An estimated 4 million hectares of the Chaco can be addressed with our reforestation programs.
Biofuels have been in use ever since Rudolf Diesel, the german inventor of the diesel engine, first designed his diesel engine for peanut oil and Henry Ford his Model T car for hemp derived biofuel.
Finding new, economically viable sources of non-fossil oil that can be sustainably produced without competing with land resources for our food production has always been the big challenge.
Doing so through reforestation with CO2 sequestering trees is economically viable in South America. At maturity, each tree will produce over 10 liters of crude oil every year. Under the Low Carbon Fuels Standards, the oil has been certified by MEO/ISCC as having the lowest Carbon Intensity (CI) value of all possible energy feedstocks.
Trees are planted to reforest impoverished cattle land where they act as carbon sinks, fix nitrogen through their root systems and grow fruit rich in vegetable oil. The fuel that is derived from Pongamia oil is carbon negative.
Pongamia derived biofuel is categorized as a Renewable Diesel, Advanced Diesel or HVO.
Under our reforestation programs, trees are planted directly onto cattle land. At maturity, each tree produces over 15 kg of protein yearly. This significant new source of sustainable protein reduces the demand for vegetable oils and protein derived from alternative high CO2 emitting practices.
The Pongamia tree is a legume (fabaceae) that emits nitrogen into the soil which boosts pod yield and hence the protein and oil production. The auto-fertilising effect of our trees eliminates any need for additional fertilizers (which are also fossil fuel products).
As an energy crop, our trees fit into the preferred mold of a low-ILUC crop that requires little in the way of irrigation and pest control, so it can be grown on marginal non-food lands. Pongamia trees have a productive life of 50+ years.
Because of the non-palpability of the oil (the very reason why cattle can safely graze under Pongamia trees), specific treatments and technologies are used to “clean” the seedcake to enable its use as edible protein. Together with our partners, specific research and protocols are being developed to maximize the use of Pongamia seedcake as protein for both animal and even human consumption.
According to the World Bank, 12 million hectares, or 3 times the size of Switzerland, is being deforested yearly representing 20% of global CO2 emissions. Too many forested areas have been destroyed already in order to grow palm, soya or to be used as cattle land.
This is unsustainable.
Avoiding deforestation is hence critical for the reversion of global warming. We need to stop reducing our Earth’s capacity to absorb CO2.
The major obstacle to reforestation is almost always an implied reduced economic profitability of the land. Therefore we need to make protecting and planting trees more economically viable than cutting trees down.
According to the OECD we will see a 60% increase of transport related CO2 emissions by 2050. The transport sector is one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions and thus climate change.
The transition to electricity storage is still in its infancy. Battery Electric Vehicles will only be able to decarbonize light engine, city traffic if the electricity is derived from renewable sources. Electricity will not be a solution for long distance transport, trucks, ships, and air transport.
When energy crops are grown on agricultural land, further deforestation will be caused, a phenomenon also known as Indirect Land Use Change or ILUC. When food land started being used for first generation biofuels it had the unintended consequence of releasing more net CO2 emissions through additional indirect land use change or deforestation.
Oil majors urgently need to increase their efforts to develop the production of low-ILUC advanced biofuels to gradually replace fossil fuels in greater volumes.
Agriculture is a major contributor to GHG emissions and deforestation. And it will only get worse: the FAO projects continued clearing of forests in order to plant soybeans. This is because 0.5-1.5% increases in annual productivity still is insufficient to supply our growing world population in protein.
A large part of the world’s forests have already been destroyed. Every minute we are still cutting down the equivalent of 27 football fields to make way for the production of protein such as soy, corn and palm. 15% of all GHG emissions come as a direct result of deforestation for agriculture. This represents an even higher level of emissions than the transportation sector.
The consequences of large scale agriculture are devastating: soil erosion and impoverishment, relocation of entire populations, dramatic loss of fauna and flora, disruption of natural water cycles… the list is endless.
By 2050 we will need to feed an additional 2 billion people on our planet… so developing an alternative, renewable source of low-ILUC protein production would represent another major positive impact.
QUADRIZ© makes carbon offsets a viable solution to immediately halt further deforestation of the Chaco.
With upfront carbon offsets purchase commitments, QUADRIZ© can compete financially and immediately against professional land buyers and thereby avoid further deforestation.
QUADRIZ© monitors and secures native forest land in immediate danger of legal deforestation, by generating carbon credits through projects in the Gran Chaco in Paraguay.
QUADRIZ© pools carbon offset purchase commitments from global corporations.
QUADRIZ© applies VM0007 Methodology Framework to all projects to Reduce Emissions from avoided Deforestation and land Degradation (REDD+).
QUADRIZ© delivers carbon credits certified and verified under Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), issued as high-quality Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) with additional Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS).
QUADRIZ© conserves carbon reservoirs, biodiversity & local communities for 30+ years by protecting native forest land from deforestation.
Giving the impact we need to create a sustainable future, we are planning ahead. Above an overview of the natural reserves available to us for the scaling of our operations.
In this, we pride ourselves in employing local personnel in Paraguay. All our team members are fully trained, supported and paid decent wages. Once fully operational we expect to provide over 1,000 new jobs locally.