Renewable energy is clean, affordable, domestic, and effectively infinite. It produces no emissions and results in cleaner air and water for all.
There is great potential for the effective introduction of biofuels to South Africa. Biodiesel is probably the first of the alternative fuel to become known to the public. The great advantage of biodiesel is that it can be used in existing vehicles with little or no adaptation necessary.
LG Biodiesel in Amanzimtoti has five biodiesel plants in operation, which produce more than 125 000 litres of biodiesel a month. The plants use waste vegetable cooking oil for its feedstock. The main providers are fast-food outlets and hotel chains. In addition, large quantities of vegetable oil are imported. Biodiesel is supplied to local transport operators.
Some other large businesses have recently indicated their interest in biodiesel usage. Large manufacturers are considering the prospects for biodiesel. This development is driven from the motivation that domestic sugar production is not globally competitive as markets for sugar are declining. Consequently the diversification of business is required.