Rural Renewable Energy Projects as a Catalyst for  Community Development Jose Maria T. Zabaleta President and COO, Bronzeo...
Advances in communication technology, medicine, transportation  Social changes brought about by television, food  preserva...
Leaving rural communities for the  opportunities in the cities  <ul><ul><ul><li>  UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE  </li></ul></ul><...
<ul><ul><ul><li>It is money to buy food that is lacking  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in the world today, not food ...
<ul><ul><ul><li>Improving community development and introducing products that can be produced in the countryside in very l...
<ul><ul><ul><li>Sugar mill established a hundred years ago shut down in an island in a developing country and was sold as ...
<ul><ul><ul><li>Large scale corporate sugarcane plantations cum mills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TALE OF TWO SUGA...
<ul><ul><ul><li>Technology and markets for ethanol introduced  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to the small island sug...
<ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT IS NEEDED FOR  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ? </li></ul></ul></ul>Respon...
Food and fuel crops need not compete, investments can be directed to meet not one,  nor several, but even a multitude of c...
THANK  YOU !
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Rural Renewable Energy Projects as a Catalyst for Community Development

  1. 1. Rural Renewable Energy Projects as a Catalyst for Community Development Jose Maria T. Zabaleta President and COO, Bronzeoak Philippines 27 May 2008 Landmark Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
  2. 2. Advances in communication technology, medicine, transportation Social changes brought about by television, food preservation & preparation, clothing and shelter Gainful employment & a better quality of life <ul><ul><ul><li>RESULT OF CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY : </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Leaving rural communities for the opportunities in the cities <ul><ul><ul><li> UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>or ‘COLLATERAL DAMAGE’ </li></ul></ul></ul>Abandoned farming as a way of life
  4. 4. <ul><ul><ul><li>It is money to buy food that is lacking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in the world today, not food itself. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MALTHUSIAN THEORY REPLACED BY AN ECONOMIC THEORY </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This is not a theory but a fact, in spite </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of the present tightness in supply of </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>rice and some grain crops. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><ul><ul><li>Improving community development and introducing products that can be produced in the countryside in very large quantities. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CAN MIGRATION FROM THE THINNING COUNTRYSIDE TO OVERCROWDED CITIES BE REVERSED ? </li></ul></ul></ul>Introducing a new crop or a new market for their crops such as renewable energy like ethanol. Destructive competition is eliminated since at present the food crop is also an energy crop
  6. 6. <ul><ul><ul><li>Sugar mill established a hundred years ago shut down in an island in a developing country and was sold as scrap metal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TALE OF TWO SUGAR </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PRODUCING ENTITIES </li></ul></ul></ul>Farmers accused of being inefficient or high cost producers because they worked on small farms with oxen or small old tractors Farming behemoths often dumped their product at prices below most other countries’ cost of production resulting in cheap sugar which forces the small rural island economy into a deep recession
  7. 7. <ul><ul><ul><li>Large scale corporate sugarcane plantations cum mills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TALE OF TWO SUGAR </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PRODUCING ENTITIES </li></ul></ul></ul>Developed a new market for its sugarcane – ethanol or fuel alcohol Prices improve, behemoth expands and as it does so it creates new jobs brings in new factories for ethanol. Countryside development is created by a benevolent and responsible employer
  8. 8. <ul><ul><ul><li>Technology and markets for ethanol introduced </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to the small island sugarcane economy </li></ul></ul></ul>New cane mill is built to produce sugar and to ferment juice to sell as transport fuel. The new mill’s distillery with its efficient boiler and turbine technology, supplies electric power <ul><ul><ul><li>NEW USES FOR AN OLD CROP </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT IS NEEDED FOR </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ? </li></ul></ul></ul>Responsible investment money that demands returns on : Funds Employed Community Assets Employed
  10. 10. Food and fuel crops need not compete, investments can be directed to meet not one, nor several, but even a multitude of criteria if we are to keep responsible Triple Bottom Line Investing as our primary goal.
  11. 11. THANK YOU !

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