Yokayo Biofuels was formed in October of 2001 out of a desire to provide ecologically sustainable local alternatives to fossil fuels.
“Yokayo” is a Pomo Indian word meaning "deep valley". It specifically references the area that our business operates in - the area that we call home. The word is important because biofuels come from the biomass grown on the valley floor, rather than mined from beneath the valley floor. In this sense, we regard biofuels as “living fuels”.
Central to our business philosophy is the idea that biofuels are “carbon neutral”. Because they are derived from biomass that is part of an active carbon cycle (plants that have been inhaling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere), their combustion, which releases their stored carbon as carbon dioxide, does not contribute to global warming.
Nature does most of the work to manufacture these fuels. Our job is to pick up where nature left off, and continuously find the most efficient way to make use of the limited resources that are available for producing and distributing biofuels, starting with biodiesel.