Impact and ESG

We help wood waste generators achieve environmentally friendly, legally compliant, cost-effective methods of turning this problem into a profit-sharing opportunity.

The Global Shift

Internationally, government and private sector stakeholders are taking action to mitigate environmental damage caused by some industrial practices.

South Africa is no exception – waste generators in the public and private sectors are being challenged to comply with incrementally demanding and potentially expensive environmental legislation.

South Africa is the world’s 12th biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and needs to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels urgently.

ALIEN ENERGY IMPACT

We assist paper mills, sawmills and environmentalists in creating ecologically friendly, legally compliant, sustainable, cost-effective methods of turning the alien invasive plant and wood waste to landfill problem, into a profit-sharing opportunity.

Wordy? Yes!

But in achieving this, we tick every ESG box there is…

Here’s how….

ALIEN ENERGY IS A PART OF THE SOLUTION

Encroaching alien vegetation, high calorific value biomass dumped on landfill and indiscriminate fossil fuel usage all pose a significant environmental problem for South Africa.

Until now, no solution was available to dispose of either biomass streams in a sustainable way, nor to replace fossil fuels economically, efficiently and sustainably – at scale.

Alien Energy’s technology makes it possible to convert both alien vegetation and biomass previously destined for landfill into a highly efficient, solid biomass fuel that outperforms ANY liquid or gaseous fossil fuel.

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Clean Energy

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Job Creation

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Economically viable removal of invasives 

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Restoration of Biodiversity 

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Reduction of wood waste to landfill 

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Protecting the ground water table

HOW WE MEASURE OUR CONTRIBUTION (ESG)

What is this term ESG? 

ESG denoting Environmental, Social, and Governance practices, represents a comprehensive framework for sustainable business systems, emphasizing responsible and ethical behaviour to create long-term value.

Companies embracing ESG principles prioritize environmental conservation, social responsibility, and effective governance, thus contributing to a more sustainable and socially conscious global economy.

Alien Fuel didn’t invent this term – but it’s certainly embedded in our DNA

No greenwashing here…

Greenwashing?

Greenwashing refers to the deceptive practice where a company exaggerates or falsely claims to be environmentally friendly or socially responsible in its products, services, or overall business practices, often misleading consumers and stakeholders about its actual environmental and ethical impact.

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E is for ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

CO2 and GHG EMISSIONS

In theory, burning biomass releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, but because the plants used for biomass absorb CO2 during their growth, the process can be considered carbon neutral on a short-term scale. However, if the biomass is not sustainably sourced, or if the carbon emissions from its production and transportation outweigh the carbon sequestration during growth, it may not be truly carbon neutral.

It's essential to consider the entire life cycle of biomass production and use to accurately assess its carbon neutrality. Sustainable practices, efficient production, and responsible sourcing are crucial elements in determining whether biomass briquettes can be considered close to carbon neutral.

Alien Energy uses raw material sourced from a combination of FSC certified forests, (where the plantations are properly managed and continually re planted), waste from landfill and Alien Invasive Plants (AIPs) that are being harvested ITO government legislation – to clean up the environment.

We are proud of that ethic.

Measuring and reporting

Back office at customer sites and Alien Fuel® refineries

Customer sites

All AF burners are fitted with a sophisticated PLC system, measuring (among a multitude of other parameters), efficiency of the burner and client cost per Gj vs the liquid fossil fuel being replaced.

The back office tied in to this system is used to give customised reports to customers, deliver monthly invoices, control stock replenishment logistics, etc.,

Alien Fuel ® Production Facilities

The fuel production sites (refineries) all rely on extremely conscientious and accurately measured use of energy, to sustainably convert raw material to Alien Fuel.

With, of course, IP unique to our group.

Live dashboards with active feedback loops are monitored and managed 24/7 to continually reduce cost of production – in reducing the energy used in conversion we reduce the cost of energy we sell.

From the customer back office, feedback data on fuel efficacy variances vs planned, are transmitted to Alien Fuel ® refineries, where production is batch controlled.

Carbon Credits

If we are correct in our assumptions and practices, surely Alien Energy has multiple opportunities to earn Carbon Credits ?

To earn Carbon Credits, almost everything we claim in our ESG summary has to in fact be auditableto withstand rigorous independent 3rd party investigations.

This is indeed the case and is one of the cornerstones of our ability to be able to offer customers savings on their fuel switch away from fossils, that can offset the cost of the capex involved in the transaction.

We have engaged the highly experienced Henk Sa and his company, Brundtland, to ensure the timeous flow of Carbon Credits into our various qualifying initiatives.

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S is for SOCIAL IMPACT

JOBS

With 60 direct jobs already solidifying our social capital, our factories will develop over 400 more direct and permanent jobs over the next 36 months.

HOW ?

At customer sites

Each customer installing one of our burner boiler combinations creates 1 to 3 on site, direct jobs for Alien Energy trained burner boiler operators – supplied and mentored by Alien Energy – whilst users still enjoy guaranteed and measured opex savings !

In clean fuel refineries

Each new fuel manufacturing facility creates between 30 and 60 permanent, green energy job opportunities. Generally sourced from surrounding rural communities, operators are upskilled by Alien Energy Group and assigned to jobs ranging from basic operations to highly technical automation control functions.

In surrounding commercial hubs

90 % of our manufacturing and automation equipment is designed by our own growing team of engineers - and built in South Africa

Alien Energy serves as a catalyst for local economic growth by generating employment opportunities and fostering a thriving community ecosystem through job creation and sustained support for neighbouring businesses – boosting local industries wherever Alien Energy puts a new footprint.

Two fuel manufacturing factories and one value added timber factory have already been built - with a minimum of 2 more on the planning and implementation board for 2024 and a further 5 more nationwide over the next 36 months.

In logistics

Hundreds of new indirect jobs are being created in harvesting and delivering “now valuable” biomass in the form of Alien Invasive Plants, to Alien Fuel refineries.

Likewise in repurposing and then transporting “waste” that formerly went to landfill - and following through by transporting value added Alien Fuel® to customer sites.

In future upskilling

Rapid development assignments

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G is for GOVERNANCE

Partnering with large and honest corporates like Sappi and Sanlam Investments, Alien Energy subsidiaries had to go through extensive independent due diligence exercises – with 3rd party experts diving deep into our technical, financial and social practices. We are proud to have been accepted by such leading institutions.