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2007: a green year for BP?

oil21.jpgAre you familiar with the term cognitive dissonance? It’s a ponced up equivalent of saying ‘feeling a bit weird when you realise you should be thinking something other than what you’re thinking’. Like when a politicians realises he actually is a machine for vomiting half-truths and bendy promises rather than a lovable public servant or a cult realises that despite prophesying the end of the world for last Friday, everyone seems to be getting on with doing the shopping and watching Coronation Street rather than being blasted into smithereens by the hand of God a few days back.

Greenbang wonders if the folks in charge of BP’s newly released CSR report ever experience that feeling. You know, when they’re filling in the section about how they’re working on fighting climate change, all the while selling petrol.

Anyhoo, here’s a sample what BP says it’s been up on the green front over the least year:

In 2007, we continued to build BP Alternative with Associated British Foods and DuPont to Energy, our business that invests in new, develop a major commercial bioethanol plant low-carbon energy options for power and and a business with D1 Oils to plant jatropha transport. We began the expansion of solar curcas, a biodiesel feedstock. We also selected plants in the US, India and Spain. With our academic partners in the US for the Energy partners Babcock & Brown, we built the 300MW Biosciences Institute, which we are supporting Cedar Creek wind farm in the US and with $500 million over 10 years.

We supported inaugurated our first wind farm in Asia in Dhule, initiatives to promote responsible biofuels Northern Maharashtra, India. We created a joint production, such as the Round Table for venture, Hydrogen Energy, with Rio Tinto, to Sustainable Biofuels. Our targetneutral™ develop hydrogen-fuelled power projects with programme received contributions from carbon capture and storage. We formed several customers and BP sufficient to offset around biofuels joint ventures, including a partnership 52,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions.

In case you think Greenbang’s being a bit churlish about the whole thing, you’re probably not wrong. BP has a shedload of renewables initiatives underway, for example. If you want to have a gander about them, you can find them in the full report, which is here.

1 Comment

  • Davd Munga Kiboro
    Posted May 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    We have a jatropha curcus plantation in Kenya at Mutomo.The most biggest problem weare having is the supply of certified seeds,though we are doing seeds multiplications.The price of the certified seeds is very high as it is about 25 usdollars per kilogrrame,which against our company policy as we do not sell the seedlings to the peasants,we give them free of charge with an understanding that they will sell to us the produce.The peasants are very poor but theyare giving us free of charge the land and free labour.There is a possibility thatin the next two to three yeears we will have about 100,000 acres under jatropha curcus plant and the paesants income per year wil rice from the less than a dollar to over five dollars per day which is a very big achievments in black African country.

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