South Asia, South East Asia, East Asia
Plantation Species: Bamboo
Bamboo is the world's fastest-growing land plant. A 20m mature bamboo culm can regrow itself within 50 days of being cut down while the same growth in a hardwood tree can take decades. This rapid growth makes it ideal for the production of charcoal. Plantation Capital has specially selected a number of species which meet the diverse market demands in the food supply chain as well as timber and biomass markets. These species include Dendrocalamus Asper and Dendrocalamus Strictus and non-GM hybrids of the Bambusa Beecheyana species to ensure the highest possible biomass yields per hectare.
Multiple Harvests With Bamboo
Another advantage to using bamboo is the plant's longevity. Because it regrows after being cut down, it is possible to get multiple harvests from the same plot. Trees, the traditional source of charcoal, can only be cut down once. Bamboo's growth rate and power of regeneration are so amazing that a single clump can produce up to 15 kilometers of usable pole over 15 years.
Carbon Dioxide Store & Oxygen Generator
Bamboo is one of the world's most effective absorbers of CO2. It is able to sequester (absorb) four times as much carbon as timber and releases 35% more oxygen. As soon as the plant is harvested it begins the process of regrowth and is able to sequester even more carbon.
Bamboo: Stronger Than Steel
With a tensile strength of 52 pounds per square inch, bamboo is stronger than most kinds of steel. This strength makes it ideal for use in the construction industry. Bamboo is used for house construction, flooring, scaffolding, and structural support. Bamboo flooring is now the first choice for builders around the world due to its high quality, long lifespan, and sustainability.
Bamboo is ideal for taking advantage of the booming renewable energy markets. Europe alone is looking to import around 85% of its biomass requirements as part of its renewable energy program.