Our 5 Principles of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Sunbird Bioenergy believes alternative energy products such as biofuel have an important role to play at both a macro level by reducing carbon emissions as well at a local level by creating local jobs and wealth.
In order to deliver these results, Sunbird Bioenergy has developed 5 Principles of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that we apply to each and every project:
1. National Government Policy Alignment
We engage with the national government of each country we operate in, and align our local business plan with relevant legislation and policy including:
- Energy security
- Climate change
- Rural Development
2. Engage with Local Government and Communities
We work closely with the local government and communities where we operate, and actively contribute to local economic and rural development, particularly focusing on:
- Creating local skilled jobs
- Utilising local suppliers
3. Efficient use of Resources
We seek to create efficient business and minimise the environmental impact of our work, including:
- Sustainable feedstock production
We use the latest farming techniques to maximise the yield of feedstock per Ha of land and therefore reduce the amount of land needed and in-turn reduce the impact on the local environment. We also offer assistance to regional out-growers to do the same.
- Minimise water usage
Water is a valuable resource across Sub-Saharan Africa and we recycle wastewater and implement a process of continuous improvement to reduce water usage per tonne of bioethanol production.
- Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity
We implement the latest energy efficiency technologies and constantly strive to reduce energy usage per tonne of bioethanol production.
4. Commercialising Cellulosic Technology
Technology to use cellulosic material or agricultural waste products such as cassava stover as a biofuel feedstock is rapidly coming of age. We will drive the implementation of this technology and use cellulosic feedstock as an alternative to using crops such as cassava that can also be used as food.
5. Corporate Social Responsibility
We set aside a portion of our profits to invest in our local communities. Our aim is to help encourage economic growth in local communities and on a case-by-case basis seek to invest in items such as education, training and micro-finance.
Our objective is to ensure that every project is implemented in such away as meet our obligations to national government, become a good neighbour in the communities and minimise the environmental impact of our business. We aim to delivering reasonable profits to our investors as well as facilitate local economic development and create local wealth.