Carbon Sequestration Through Biochar

Implementing carbon removal projects until clean energy is accessible and affordable to businesses is one of the most efficient ways to address climate change. Carbon removals are frequently derived from projects that avoid natural loss (deforestation), reforestation, and carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere. Pyrolysis-based biochar production is another hybrid carbon dioxide removal technology.
Nature-based projects such as reforestation and programmes that prevent nature loss (deforestation) are frequently prioritised in African continent and carbon sequestration via biochar is expected to increase in the coming years.
Carbon sequestration through biochar involves pyrolysis or gasification of biomass material such as agricultural residues in low-oxygen conditions. When the biochar is added to soils or concrete most of the carbon can remain in the biochar or soil for decades to centuries, given the right conditions. In addition, the application of biochar to the soil improves agricultural productivity and helping soils retain water. The energy released from the biochar produced can be used as source of heat and electricity.
The adoption of biochar for carbon sequestration and soil management should be encouraged among the local African farming community. Farmers should be trained and equipped with pyrolysis kilns to produce biochar and participate in the carbon removal programs.
Cutmit is developing a program to teach local farmers in Nigeria how to make biochar and become carbon removal champions.