By definition, Impact Investing, a subset of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), is a venue that has a measurable and positive impact on environment and society but also generates compelling operational economic returns. Impact Investing is devoted to the conscious creation of social impact through investment. This is the essence of what SynSel represents.
The more common and much broader sustainable investment niche is called Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) - also referred to as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). This refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability of an investment in a company or business. Some SRI investors specifically avoid investments in alcohol, tobacco, weapons, fast foods, nuclear power, gambling and fossil fuels and other categories. The avoided sectors are discretionary and identified by the specific fund. In general, socially responsible investors encourage corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity.
Environment: Each biorefinery is the means to combat climate change with up to a 95% reduction in greenhouse gases by displacing fossil fuels with renewable second-generation drop-in fuels while producing organic soil amendments as a byproduct. The supporting Environ Industrial Parks (EIP) provide an eco-friendly way to deal with data storage, agricultural needs via greenhouses and aquatic farming, alternative transportation fuels and waste mitigation with anaerobic digesters, heating and cooling with geothermal while creating electricity with waste heat, solar and electric.
Society: Each biorefinery creates jobs and stimulates the local economy, promotes energy security, sponsors fire and natural disasters resiliency, provides responsible alternatives to EVs, fosters community resilience and encourages the advancement of science and education. The supporting EIPs further facilitates community resiliency with on-site data storage, self-sustaining/on-site energy generation, growing agricultural food and fish and waste mitigation. Society benefits from stable versus “boom and bust” jobs associated with mining and commodities. Job and culture diversity is supported by the mix of white collar jobs along with farming, operating, maintenance, high-tech and supporting service jobs.
Current annual worldwide production of Second-Generation Biofuel (SGB-Fuel) is 1 billion liters, and demand continues to grow for this fuel. To meet the estimate demand in 2030, production must increase to 136 billion liters per year. Currently there are two plants producing SGB-Fuel in the US, and another nine across the world. To meet the increasing worldwide demand using just SynSel plants, 64 new SynSel plants @ 1,000 dry metric tonnes/day input need to be built per year through 2030.
Investment in Second-Generation biorefineries are a resilient and lucrative alternative to EVs, wind and solar for the Impact Investor. SGB-Fuels sell on the commodity markets to the highest bidder, while wind and solar sell electricity back to utility companies where the value is often set by the utility companies.
SynSel has opportunities for:
Property owners with property suited for a SynSel plant
Timberland owners & wood harvesters
Passionate local stakeholders with connections to the wood harvesting industry or project management
Fuel off-takes, refiners and blenders requiring blending stock to meet EPA RFS-2 RIN mandates
Regional engineering colleges to participate in EIP Master Planning
Through invitation, SynSel has successfully achieved pre-construction and construction funding through a private placement with leading banking institutions.