Q ? WHY GO GREEN?
A. ABamboo is resilient and adaptable to almost any climatic conditions. It holds a unique position regarding strength as well as being a renewable supplier of both energy and timber. These qualities combined make it the most sustainable and environmentally sound investment available. With a growing worldwide concern for the climatic impact of traditional industries using the increasingly scarce resource of tropical timber, the eyes of business, politics and just your generally concerned citizens, are turning towards finding an adapt alternative. This is where bamboo has a void to fill.
The majority of bamboo species develop fully grown fibres in 3 years, which is by far the fastest evolvement for any member of the tree family. There are species that show a record growth of up to 1 meter a day, with yields reaching as high as 25 metres or more. It is a plant easy to produce and maintain, providing sustainable and reliable cycles of harvest in after 3 years. Due to its resilient nature, even naturally grown bamboo can be found on marginal and eroded soil and in most climatic conditions. The unique quality of its root system makes the bamboo forest act as an agent for healthy nutrients and a soil stabilizer. It is highly effective when it comes to sequester large quantities of carbon dioxide per planted hectare.
Bamboo can be chopped at the bottom of the culms and it will produce new shoots every year. The proprietary species of bamboo selected by Darlow produces up to ten shoots per culms per year. Every shoot should grow three years, by then the bamboo shoot will have grown to a diameter of 7.5 cm at the bottom and 3.5 cm at the top, with a height of 8 to 12 meter. Each of the culms has a dry weight of 6 to 10 kg (around 10% moisture). After the third year, Bamboo can be harvested every year for duration in excess of 20 years, producing a yield per hectare in excess of 100 tons per years. This makes Bamboo to one of the leading energy crops in the world.
Q ? WHY GO GREEN?
A. There are a number of answers to this question, and they are all correct. One of the most obvious and pressing of reasons is the growing effect of global warming , which sort of works as the framework for containing all the other key reasons of why it is not only going to be profitable but also necessary to turn to green investments and industry in order to reconstruct a sustainable and conscious capitalism.
With the development of new giant economies and markets in China and India, there is also the increased demands of an emerging middle class looking for the same standard and comforts as we in the western world has come to view as an almost birth given right. Add to this equation the ever increasing expansion of the global population, expected to grow another 3.5 billion until the end of the century and is easy to see that we are putting the combined resources of food, water and energy under increasing pressure.
Already we see evidence of the retracting ice cap of the Arctic and how large areas of devastated rainforest continue to spread. Green investments are not a magical quick-fix, but it is definitely a necessary step in the right direction. Now more than ever, we see the possibility of emerging financial benefits with environmentally sustainable development. Because even if you are one of those that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge global warming as a scientific fact, most of the world and maybe more importantly, the political structure of the world is acting upon this fact as a hard reality.
This means funnelling capital and infrastructure in a way that will boost further investments and rewards when it comes to a green transition. The taxation implemented by most governments on emissions and the market in tradable carbon credits is just two recent ingredients and tell-tale signs of the high returns you can expect if you add to your portfolio some sound green investments. Going green is as much a smart business move as it is a necessity.
Q ? HOW EFFICIENT IS IT TO PRODUCE WOODCHIPS?
A. First of all, woodchips are much less expensive to process and produce compared to wood pellets. In further comparison to pellets we can also see that chips are more energy efficient, as the energy cost of producing, processing and transporting chips is less dense.
Woodchips used in designated burners has also turned out great numbers when put to commercial use, ranking high in performance, reliability, cost and efficiency.
Due to the highly automated process of producing woodchips they have also been proven to be less expensive than cordwood. The output is also greater as all parts of a tree can be converted to woodchips where as small sticks and branches may be economically unviable to turn into cordwood. Both woodchips and pellets are easier to handle and produce compared to cordwood since they are more amenable to automation.
Q ? WHAT IS THE FORECAST FOR GREEN ENERGY?
A. The explosion in global population growth combined with the emerging middle class markets of rapidly developing countries makes all predictions point to a continuous increase in demand for fuel over the foreseeable future. The depletion of fossil fuels paired with increasing demand will likely see the price for Brent crude never dropping down below the$ 80 USD per barrel mark.
Already, the production price on extracting bio-fuels such as pyrolysis oil from wood chips is presenting a viable alternative in the future. As concerns over the environment is making it into the legislative sphere, where airlines today are mandated by law to mix their jet fuels with the bio variety, we at Darlow only see a future increase in solidified markets
Q ? WHAT IS “TAKING YOUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY?
A. Darlow Enterprises is a strong believer in conscious capitalism being the only way leading us into a truly globalized and sustainable future. The best way to reach out a hand is to help someone help themselves. That is the foundation of our business model: to provide regional and local opportunities for ordinary people and families to make a decent living in their communities. We want to take an active part in the social issues that is of concern to our regionally based work force and we want to provide opportunities of education and advancement.
We want other transnational corporations to realize that conducting hit-and-run business in order to maximize short-term profit is a way of the past. We can no longer afford short-term profits. We want profits that keep on giving on all accounts: financially, socially and environmentally.
To achieve that, our process begins with taking on our social responsibility.