Starting in 2013, our sister company Inverstancia sources, imports and adapts Pongamia tree genetics from the US, Australia and India under the authorization of the Ministry of Agriculture of Paraguay (SENAVE). Test plantations were established in 3 distinct areas of the Paraguayan ‘Chaco‘.
In 2015, the company purchased 700 hectares of land on the Rio Paraguay, where an R&D and tree propagation center were established from scratch. The company is now in full operation with a tree production capacity of over one million trees per year. This represents the world’s largest production center for elite Pongamia trees.
Our R&D and tree propagation site has a 1 km border with the Rio Paraguay, one of South America’s most navigated rivers, which forms the border with neighboring Brazil. Crude oil and protein from our site at the Rio Paraguay can reach all major harbors in the world by using low-cost, low carbon-emitting fluvial and maritime transport networks.
All of Quadriz’ reforestation programs are executed by our sister-company Investancia Paraguay SA based at our R&D and tree propagation center at Estancia Santa Rosanna in Carmelo Peralta, Alto Paraguay.
Since inception, Investancia has worked very closely with Terviva in the US to continually select best adaptable elite tree genetics, exchange propagation and planting protocols and to development of aftermarkets for oil and protein.
Through our partnership with Carbonfund.org, we measure and benchmark CO2 sequestering capacities of the Pongamia tree. Carbonfund.org is also contracted to enable corporations to register their program as Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) projects, the world’s leading voluntary GHG program. Once audited and approved as a VCS project, a specific number of Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) can be issued, transferred and retired by the program owner.
Unique Wood has conducted extensive land quality analysis for us in the Paraguay Chaco. With Unique Wood we are also applying for an FSC certification.
MEO Carbon Solutions which is part of the ISCC certification organization, has conducted an specific CO2 emissions calculation for crude Pongamia oil produced from our reforestation programs in Paraguay. The assessment was conducted over the complete life cycle of Pongamia oil; from the propagation of tree cuttings to the silvopasture agriculture environment up to the oil extraction. MEO Carbon Solutions concluded that Pongamia crude oil has the lowest CI (Carbon Intensity) value of all vegetable oil feedstocks.
All the above mentioned, very detailed reforestation program feasibility reports, are available to our program owners.
To assure local reforestation legislation compliance, Quadriz works in close contact with the National Forest Institute (INFONA) as part of the Ministry of Agriculture in Paraguay. INFONA has latin America’s strictest anti-deforestation and reforestation rules in place that form the basis for our programs.
We are in close contact with WWF-Paraguay that is very active in advising and supporting local landowners in sustainable silvopasture agriculture practices.
For the offtake of the produced crude oil from the reforestation programs, we are in regular contact with major oil companies active in the field of Renewable Diesel or HVO. We supply crude oil samples for their labs and provide test batches of crude oil for their refineries that will serve for the negotiations of future crude oil offtake agreements.
In order to create and support “pull demand” for renewable fuels, we are in regular contact with renewable fuel retailers such as Goodfuels (marine transport), Sky-Energy (Bio-jet) and Tank-you (car fuel direct delivery).
Individuals who wish to reforest and contribute to climate change impacts can do so via our partnership with The Corekees Foundation.