For seven years Diligent Energy Systems was active Tanzania, East Africa. With Diligent we thought we found a way to fight climate change and poverty in Africa and so catch two birds with one stone. Diligent bought jatropha oilseeds from rural farmers who harvested these seeds from their own land and processed these seeds to biofuels. The oil was sold to, among others, the Dutch airline company KLM. The residue press-cake was used as an alternative for charcoal and with that we avoided deforestation, another big problem in Africa. We were able to double the income of many farmers and created the opportunity for KLM to perform climate neutral flights. Unfortunately I was not able to make the company profitable and I had to sell the company.
One year later the company was liquidated.
Ruud van Eck.