The use of perpetual trees to reforest cattle land to sequester carbon and produce bio-protein and oil with a quadruple impact on climate change
50 million trees will be planted over the next 8 years to…
…naturally sequester 1.2 million tons of CO2 each year
…produce 480,000 tons of bio-protein each year
…and replace more than 300,000 tons of fossil crude each year
Investancia runs high-impact reforestation programs
Investancia reforests degraded cattle land in silvopastoral systems, which improves pastures and allows cattle ranchers to continue their grazing activities simultaneously. The reforestation programs reconnect green corridors whilst generating large-scale carbon sequestration, also known as nature-based carbon removals, which are certified under the Verified Carbon Standard and CCBS.
As a by-product, the Pongamia trees produce non-edible beans from their pods, which can be refined into cattle feed. As a valuable leftover from the protein crushing of the pods, Investancia produces non-edible oils with low carbon intensity that can be used for the production of renewable biofuels.
Our elite tree propagation and research center already represents the world’s largest dedicated Pongamia tree production site. We have built an elite tree propagation and research center which is being scaled from an annual production capacity of 2 million trees up to 5 million trees.
Reforestation Oil & Protein
Perpetual trees to produce bio-protein and replace fossil fuel
Deforestation for agriculture and the transport sector are the largest contributors to GHG emissions and thus climate change.
The use of perpetual trees to reforest cattle land to sequester high levels of carbon and to produce bio-protein and oil has a quadruple impact on climate change, biodiversity and local communities.
Of all the non-food-land crops that produce oil and protein, we found the Pongamia tree to be best performing for reforestation purposes in South America. Together with our genetic partners, we are continuously developing and planting our locally adapted elite varieties of Pongamia trees.
Reforestation with Pongamia in silvopastoral systems ensures a categorization as low indirect land-use change (ILUC).
Carbon sequestration, protein and oil production through reforestation
High levels of carbon sequestration from Pongamia trees in the (sub) tropical environments
Freely grazing cattle
Silvopastoral systems combine trees and livestock on the same land, ensuring a low-ILUC
Pongamia meal is high in protein for both animal feed and future human consumption
Low Carbon fuel from reforestation feedstock is the “cleanest” fuel possible
Who We Are
The 50 million tree goal
We have laid down a strong foundation to scale our programs to reforest over 120,000 hectares of degraded cattle land in the Chaco, with more than 50 million Pongamia trees.
Elite propagation and research center
Our elite tree propagation and research center already represents the world’s largest dedicated elite Pongamia tree production site. We have built an elite tree propagation and research center, with a current capacity of over 2 million trees a year. The site of 700 ha. has over 1 km on the Río Paraguay, one of South America’s most navigated rivers directly bordering Brazil. The site has its own harbour, landing strip and can also be easily visited by road via Brazil.
Dutch roots and Paraguayan soul
Our holding company is based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest producer of Renewable Diesel and is the major biofuel hub for the European market. Pongamia protein and oil from crushing at our site at the Rio Paraguay can reach all major ports in the world by only using low cost, low carbon vessel transport.
Quadriz – Our sister company develops, certifies and markets high-integrity carbon offsets from REDD+ forest conservation to world-wide corporations. Quadriz also markets the VCS-CCB carbon removal credits from Investancia’s reforestation programs.
R&D & Tree Propagation Management
Investancia is a leader within agro-research and a pioneer within Pongamia research, development and tree propagation management.
Our local management team heads our Santa Rosanna operations with a workforce of 40+ local employees.