We live up to our social responsibility, by providing a technology that enables our customers to turn biomass residues into a renewable fuel: fast pyrolysis bio-oil (FPBO).
FPBO can be used to replace crude oil, so that more fossil resources can stay untouched. The key features of our technology design that make this renewable solution a truly sustainable one, are choosing the right biomass and processing it locally.
We believe in using only biomass residues from agriculture, sustainable forestry and related processing industries, such as saw mills. Examples are sawdust, pruning residues, sunflower husks, wheat straw, corn stover, bagasse and roadside grass. Converting such residues into a bioliquid that can be used as a fuel or to make bio-based materials, follows the principle of cascading and creates a carbon-neutral solution.
Choosing the right biomass is also about avoiding an impact on biodiversity or, preferably, creating a positive impact. Biodiversity is the foundation of healthy ecosystems, and a crucial prerequisite for maintaining a healthy business environment. The feedstocks for our current pyrolysis plants in the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden are all based on sawmill residues. The forestry industry in Scandinavian countries is well-established and the protection of biodiversity is an integral part of the sector, safeguarded by certification systems. We are always looking for partners that can help us create a more positive impact on biodiversity. Please feel free to contact us for exchanging ideas on this topic.
The size of our pyrolysis plants is optimized to fit agricultural and forestry operations. They can be placed close to the source, in order to minimize the transportation of biomass. The benefits of local processing are:
We actively contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals number 13 and 15, on Climate Action and Life on Land. They are at the heart of everything we do at BTG Bioliquids, as are goals number 7 and 8, on creating Affordable Clean Energy and Decent Work. With our efforts, we want to take care of the soil, plants and animals around us and help societies thrive.
At BTG Bioliquids we try to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. For instance our net-zero office has triple glazing, a heat pump and solar panels. We also actively promote the use of sustainable travel options like public transport and bicycle. But some carbon emissions are very hard to avoid. At the end of each year we calculate and publish these emissions and compensate for them by investing in high-grade carbon offsets (below). Our ambition for the future is to expand this practice by setting up our own fund to plant trees and impact our local communities in positive ways.