As a matter of interest, less Carbon
Credits may need to be purchased by an ‘offending country’ if it can
reduce fuel consumption, utilize more efficient methods of power
generation, leave forests to stand or plant borders around fields.
This is hardly the case with industrialized nations but who knows
‘wonders never cease to exist’
Jatropha is commonly respected as a Carbon
Credit generating tree as it recycles 100% of the CO2 emissions
produced by burning the biodiesel made from it. It lives for over 50
years producing a renewable, sustainable and clean source of clean energy
all the time.
There is only a certain amount of feedstock
(raw material) that can be derived locally
for making biodiesel. The use of edible crops such as wheat are not an eco
friendly biofuel option to fossil fuels. By this I mean if you
consider the aforementioned interpretation of Green House Gas
Offsets, planting and ploughing wheat to make biodiesel leaves a
large carbon footprint and serves only as an alternative to oil from fossil fuels rather than a planet preserving benefit. Besides
the bread price becomes linked to the fuel price which could result
in the need for bread subsidies to feed the hungry and so on.
Jatropha can be used
almost as is to run a diesel engine. Just remember the feedstock and
the alcohol used to manufacture biodiesel must be sourced from a
renewable source if to be considered truly renewable.
The CO2 emission of Jatropha oil is considered
to be almost zero. For this reason, a Jatropha plantation has all
the requirements of an energy crop within the CMD and is thus
eligible for attracting payment for Carbon Credits.