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Hemp biofuel key to Environmental Policy

Hemp biofuel key to Environmental Policy

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has the best environmental policy of any political party.

It is the only party with a policy that can replace most petroleum products with biofuel, produced locally.

ALCP environment spokeswoman Romana Marnz Manning said hemp was a fast-growing, high cellulose plant, ideal for making biofuel.

“Bio-charcoal, bio-ethanol, bio-diesel and bio-gas can all be extracted from hemp. These biofuels will significantly reduce emissions and lower our reliance on fossil fuels,” she said.

“The industry, energy and transport sectors could all transition to carbon-neutral hemp biofuels without losing profitability.”

A leading ocean researcher, Charles Moore, said plastic pollution “posed a bigger threat to the planet than climate change”.

With hemp bio-plastics, we can stop adding to the problem because it is biodegradable, Ms Manning said.

Zeoform is company with a patented process for producing hemp plastic, which can be formed into any shape and color needed.

“The final material can be formed into almost anything and can be cut, routed, machined, drilled, screwed, nailed and glued in the same way wood can be. It can also be coloured and finished in any way creators like. The material is water and fire resistant,” the Australian company said.

“Bioplastics can be five times stiffer and 2.5 times stronger than regular plastics.”

Ms Manning said hemp would also reduce our reliance on forestry, especially for wood-pulp.

“Too many New Zealanders are being injured or killed in the forestry sector, the risk of injury would be reduced significantly if they were working on hemp plantations,” she said.

"Hemp crops, which can be harvested annually, will also sequester large amounts of CO2."

ALCP will incentivise farmers to plant hemp along their waterways to prevent run off from dairy farms.


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