Absorbing 1.8 gigatonnes of CO2 per year
At 1point8 we develop technologies that have the potential to absorb CO2 on a gigatonne scale.
The world needs negative CO2 emissions
According to the IPCC, five to ten gigatonnes of carbon negative emissions are needed by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. For current technologies it is unfeasible to absorb atmospheric CO2 at gigatonne scale because they either require huge land areas, electric energy or infrastructure.
A scalable solution for CO2 removal
Biochar from biomass waste has the potential to sequester 1.8Gt of CO2 per year. By pyrolyzing biomass, we produce certifiable biochar, which reliably stores the carbon for several hundred years. By a novel pyrolysis reactor design, we can drastically reduce complexity and production costs by a factor of 20. The system can operate fully automatic at the site of the biomass waste source. To reduce maintenance and operation cost the decentralized pyrolysis plants will be monitored remotely.
Latin America has great potential for biomass waste
In Latin America, 300 million tons of biomass waste are generated each year that can be used to produce biochar. We will be one of the first suppliers of biochar-based carbon credits in Latin America, where there is less competition for biomass waste. We have established a vast network of biomass waste suppliers in Costa Rica.