Bioethanol is a type of Biofuel produced from organic biomass such as sugar, wheat, maize and cassava. It is a biodegradable, non-toxic and proven alternative to fossil fuel that can be blended for use in any petrol-engine car today without modification. It represents over 80% of global biofuel production and can be used in transport fuel instead of conventional fossil fuels. Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced through use of bioethanol because plants used for producing bioethanol absorb CO2 as they grow. When produced from sustainable agricultural crops, it helps to boost the national economy
Cheranna Energy produces bioethanol from agricultural feedstocks (maize, wheat, sugar cane, cassava, etc.) that contains sugar which can be processed into Bioethanol. It is then blended with petrol to meet government's requirement, depending on country of operation (RTFO in Europe for all transportation fuel to include at least 4.75% of biofuels by 2013). Feedstocks used for processing Bioethanol in our plants are grown from dedicated agricultural crops specifically for this production and does not affect or compromise availability of agricultural food in communities where we operate. The strategy we adopt is to grow these dedicated agricultural products (feedstocks) in rural communities where there is a massive decline in agricultural developments and farming due to mass migration from rural to urban areas in search for white collar jobs and there are available uncultivated farmlands. We collaborate with these rural
communities through Joint Partnership Agreement (JPA) to grow these dedicated agricultural products (feedstocks) using the uncultivated farmland. We also use these projects to encourage agricultural development in these rural communities and discourage urban migration by employing local residents as staffs and contractors for these farms. Investing in farming for these feedstocks and industrializing agriculture in these communities has improved their economic situations and reduced urban migration of young graduates to cities.