Climate change is one of the major challenges facing the world. The recent USA-China accord lays the platform for a global liquid carbon market. Astra has acquired significant rights to 35 million hectares of carbon credit footprint with the aim to monetize credits in 2015/2016 and onwards to become a large holder of REDD Credits. Astra believes its timing is now opportune as there is a renewed global push and need to put a price tag on carbon emissions.
Recently Platts McGraw Hill Finance – the latest oil, energy and metal news, announced carbon will be taxed at a rate of 7 euros per tonne emitted in 2014, and will rise to 14.5 euros per tonne in 2015. The rate will again rise in 2016 to 22 euros per tonne emitted. (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/19/3091081/france-carbon-tax)
Astra believes world leaders are left with no choice but to seriously address climate change at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place in Paris, France, in December 2015.
Astra has clearly identified that there is a convincing movement of people all over the world expecting the world leaders to take the responsible path to reduce carbon emissions as the reality is the world economy itself will die if our ecosystems collapse.
The battle against global warming recently has received a transformational boost after China, the world’s biggest producer of carbon dioxide, proposed to set a cap on its greenhouse gas emissions for the first time. (http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/china-agrees-to-impose-carbon-targets-by-2016-8626101.html).
Under the proposal China, which is responsible for a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions, would put a ceiling on greenhouse gas emissions from 2016, in a bid to curb what most scientists agree is the main cause of climate change.
It marks a dramatic change in China’s approach to climate change that experts say will make countries around the world more likely to agree to stringent cuts to their carbon emissions in a coordinated effort to tackle global warming.
Frances President Francois Hallande also pledged in September 2014 to reduce its use of fossil fuels by 30 percent by 2030, and by 50 percent by 2050. (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/19/3091081/france-carbon-tax) New research shows that by 2050 clean, clean energy could supply 100% of the world’s energy need using existing technologies (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/23/leonarodo-dicaprio-un-climate-change-speech-new-york), and it would create millions of jobs. Astra is involved in renewable energy technologies. Astra is looking to extend its portfolio with stakes in proven technologies such as cold fusion (LENR), sustainable energy production from magnetic fields and European internal combustion engine technology, which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 70%.
Clean air and water, and a livable climate are essential to solving this world crisis, as it’s not a question of politics it is our moral obligation and responsibility as we only get one planet.Our goal is to invest and move Astra predominately toward the renewable energy sector, to reduce carbon emissions and become a Global pioneer by helping to reduce climate change and answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet today.
Astra will also focus its diversity on the Agriculture sector through Astra Agriculture Resources (AAR) with the aim to become a Global producer and supplier of some of the healthiest and highest quality meats mainly beef, camel, and lamb. AAR short-term vision is to harvest the wild camels in Outback Australia to not only produce high-grade clean organic camel meat, but to also build one of the world’s healthiest camel dairy’s to supply quality milk and its byproducts as a super food of the future. The ethos is to develop a quality food bowl within outback Australia to feed the growing middle class Asian population.
Asia has the fastest-growing population in world. This will increase the demand for food, but greater urbanization, westernization and rising personal wealth is changing the form in which food is consumed.
There is a rising demand for more animal protein in the diet, more dairy products and a greater variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. There is also more demand for value-added food: food that is convenient, safe and which has been produced more sustainably.
While it is the objective of most sovereign nations to be self-sufficient in food, in much of Asia it will be exceedingly difficult to produce enough food. There are major resource constraints in the form of arable land and water. Farmers are often unable to access appropriate technology, and the lack of infrastructure imposes major constraints on the efficient distribution of food.
On Monday 17th November 2014 China as part of the Free Trade Agreement with Australia announced it seeks to purchase an additional 1 Million cattle from Australia per annum so demand has already outgrown supply. AAR is currently in strong negotiations with several Asian and European countries regarding supply contracts.
Astra strongly believes one of the best business opportunities over the coming decades will be in agriculture and water. Global food inventories are at historic lows creating food security challenges and an unprecedented opportunity to profitably invest in the agriculture sector.