Carbon Removal & Beyond
Tracking biochar production in the tropics to scale carbon removal and direct carbon finance to people and places who need it most.
Closing the loop through biochar carboon removal
Biochar is a nature based carbon removal technology, utilising nature’s own ability to sequester carbon through photosynthesis. Tropical forests and agriculture sequester the largest amounts of CO2 in the world thanks to its sunny, warm and humid climate. Tropical agriculture produces large amounts of ‘waste’ biomass and fast-growing crops like bamboo can be planted and harvested over and over – promoting healthy ecosystems and providing large amounts of biomass. When the waste or harvested biomass is turned into biochar, the sequestered carbon can be stored in the soil for 100-1,000 years instead of decomposing and emitting the biochar back into the atmosphere
According to the IPPCs latest report, biochar is a proven carbon removal solution that will have significant impact in removing billions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Our tech can reach millions of landowners in the tropics to reach gigatonne scale of carbon removal.
The income from carbon credits finances biochar production and carbon removal that would otherwise not have taken place.
We are putting carbon finance directly into regions worst affected by climate change.
Biochar when applied to soils removes carbon from the atmosphere permanently (1000+ years).
Scaling biochar in the tropics
We track biochar production in the tropics to unlock billions of carbon removal credits. Plants and trees sequester more CO2 in the tropics than anywhere else, thanks to its sunny, warm and humid climate. Accessing these large amounts of unutilised waste and fast-growing woody biomass is vital to scale biochar carbon removal, we transparently track the whole process with our digital MRV. Our technology is kiln and biomass agnostic, meaning we are able to scale projects at many different places in the tropics simultaneously.
The tropics is also the part of the world affected most by climate change and the droughts, flooding and storms that follow. On top of that, soils here have largely degraded due to intense agriculture and high temperatures, leaving them with poor resilience to the current and future effects of climate change.
Carbon finance and biochar carbon removal practices can have the most positive impact here…
In 2021 the Sri Lankan government banned the import of chemical fertilisers overnight, sighting economic and environmental concerns. What became immediately apparent was how addicted the crops had become to fertilisers and the poor state of the soils they were surviving in. By purchasing carbon removal credits from Planboo Sri Lanka biochar project, you will enable more landowners to start restoring soil health, improving crop yields, and providing much-needed finance to climate adaptation.
Type of biomass
Rubberwood, Cinnamon sticks, Tea branches, Bamboo
Type of kiln Kon Tiki
Planboo has recently developed a biochar carbon removal project in Lilongwe, Malawi. In a 2022 IPC report it was estimated that 5.4 million Malawians are on the brink of extreme hunger, driven by increasing global fertiliser prices, increased severe weather events, and extreme poverty. Planboo and their local partners have developed a project that will produce 3,000 tonnes of organic biochar-enriched compost per year employing at least 50 people full-time. The biochar mixed compost will help increase the water holding capacity of local soils, allowing soils to build resilience to extreme weather events such as droughts or flooding.
Type of biomass
Type of kiln Kon Tiki
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