Why Biochar?

The amount of companies and countries that pledge for netzero by 2050 increases every year. To do so, the human population as a collective has to change two major things. First and foremost we need to severely reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses that are emitted. However, transition towards zero emissions practices are not implemented within a year, this takes a tremendous amount of time. To reach netzero, besides lowering emissions compensation is needed. 

Dutch Carboneers develops biochar projects with the aim to provide in this needed compensation. With the conversion from biomass to biochar, an inert carbonized material is created that is a stable carbon sink for over a thousand years. Besides being a direct and stable carbon sink, biochar offers great beneficial characteristics in tropical agriculture. It stores nutrients, increasing crop yields. It increases the water holding capacity, aiding in climate adaptivity. It houses microorganisms, raising the organic carbon content of soils. 

There you have it for  “why biochar”!


Carbon credits

Models simulation that limit global warming to 1,5 degrees show that 3,8 billion tons of permanent carbon removal is needed globally, every year. The actual yearly global carbon removal is 2 million tons of permanent carbon removal. To reach netzero by 2050, long term carbon dioxide removal is absolutely crucial and there is just not enough of it at the moment. The earlier mentioned numbers by the IPCC show us that almost a 2000 fold of carbon dioxide removal is required. 


With project development in tropical areas, Dutch Carboneers is contributing to that massive yearly goal of 3,8 billion tons. Just as a forest starts with one small tree, Dutch Carboneers has started with a smallholder farmer biochar project in India that at the moment permanently stores 50.000 tons of carbon on a yearly basis. By 2030, the aim is to remove 1 million tons of carbon on a yearly basis, expanding towards 2050, where 1 billion tons of carbon need to be removed on a yearly basis. To fund the project development, for each ton of carbon removal, a carbon credit is issued and sold on the voluntary carbon credit market to companies that pledge to compensate their carbon footprint in order to become netzero by 2050.

Our Artisan projects

Besides being a direct carbon sink, biochar is a means to far more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) than just Climate Action. To learn more about the SDGs and the whole project, please take a look at the slideshow below!

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