Pioneering carbon sink project: The First Climate biochar program


Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is an important step in the fights against climate change. Effective climate protection, however, requires us to use more methods to specifically remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

This is already possible today with biochar.

Biochar is created through the pyrolysis of plant residues. The carbon contained in the biomass is permanently bound though pyrolysis. The product, biochar, can be used in various ways, such as in agriculture or the construction industry, making it a very efficient carbon sink.

With our program for carbon storage in biochar, we enable you to support the increased use of this forward-thinking technology, and to make an important contribution towards climate protection.

Are you interested in supporting biochar producers through our ‘Made in Europe’ carbon offset certificates?

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In Europe, biochar has so far only been used by a few pioneers in agriculture due to high sales prices. The aim of our emissions reduction program is to promote the production and use of biochar so as to exploit the climate protection potential of this technology. This is done using our carbon offset certificates.

Companies who would like to commit to climate protection can offset their own greenhouse gas emissions using these certificates.

Additional revenue from the sale of certificates can significantly reduce the costs for farmers. Meanwhile, securing sufficient returns for biochar producers creates additional incentive to expand the program.

Why get involved?

There are many reasons to support biochar

By committing to creating carbon sinks, you take on a vital pioneering role and set a good example for climate protection. Investing in the biochar program allows your companny to take an important step towards achieving ambitious net-zero emissions targets.

Furthermore, the program provides the opportunity to implement active climate protection directly within your supply chain, through which you can send out a strong and credible message of your commitment to climate protection.

Be a pioneer and get involved in climate protection

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towards Net Zero.

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Using Biochar

When using biochar, its application is mainly focused in agriculture. It can be used in a variety of ways, both in livestock and field management.

When introduced into the soil, biochar improves the soils capacity to retain fertilizer and water. This improves the fertility of the soil and the build-up of humus. Biochar is also a long-term store for nutrients, keeping them available for plants.

Biochar can also be incorporated into farm animal feed and has a positive impact on the animals’ health and digestion. This also makes manure more fluid and, conversely, the biochar is charged with additional nutrients.

In addition to this, biochar can also be used in the construction and building materials industries, which ensures stable carbon storage.

Overview: benefits for farmers

Soil application

  • increase in humus build-up by adding stable carbon compounds
  • Improved nutrient supply and thus increased harvest
  • Reduced nutrient loss
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions (especially nitrous oxide)
  • Improved water availability

Manure

  • Reduced odor and loss of nutrients in manure
  • Improvement of stable climate and animal health

Feed additive

  • Improved animal health
  • Reduced odor and loss of nutrients in manure
  • Reduced methane emissions

Additive to organic fertilizer

  • Increased fertilizer effectiveness through reduced nutrient loss and leaching
  • Reduced greenhouse and ammonia emissions when acidified biochar is added
  • Reduced methane emissions

Certifying our carbon removal projects

First Climate’s biochar program was developed in accordance with the ISO 14-064-2 standard, which defines criteria for the development and testing of emission reduction and removal projects. This standard is state of the art for issuing carbon certificates and its method and testing processes correspond to other common standards, such as the Verified Carbon Standard or the Gold Standard. By working alongside various partners, we can ensure the production and use of biochar in numerous countries. The carbon sink effect of the program is periodically verified by independent auditors.

Partaking Biochar Producers: Case Study

Auen Pflege Dienst A-P-D

Since June 2019, A-P-D has been operating a pyrolysis plant Biomacon in the Flaachtal Valley of Zürich’s wine country and acts as a model project for our program. The operator, Toni Meier is a vegetable farmer. He uses the biochar on his own land and also sells it to farmers in the area.

A-P-D is also a founding member of AgroCO2ncept. In and Agroscope resouce project, AgroCO2ncept is testing the possibility to use biochar on intensively used agricultural soils, with the aim to sustainably increase soil carbon content.

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INEGA

INEGA has been operating a pyrolisis reactor from Biomacon since May 2020. The biochar produced is then sol directly or processed into substrate mixtures and sold under the name InKoh.

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Holzenergie Gut

For the parallel production of biochar and renewable electricity, Holzenergie Gut is currently building a system for the Austrian manufacturer, Syncraft. Further information will follow after the system has been commissioned.

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Are you interested in supporting biochar producers,
with our ‘made in Europe’ carbon reduction certificates?

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Your contact


Claudio Kummli

  pflanzenkohle@firstclimate.com
  +41 44 298 28 00

Nikolaus Wohlgemuth

  pflanzenkohle@firstclimate.com
  +41 44 298 28 00