Eastern Cape, South Africa
Biochar use as part of a larger system of regenerative carbon-based practices.
Biochar’s physical and chemical structure enables it to act as a sponge, retaining moisture, micro-organisms and important nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus as well as gases, including carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.
This helps farmers struggling with depleted soils and drought.
Afforestation and Reforestation
United Arab Emirates – Partners – The Storey Group
Spekboom Restoration Project
South Africa – Partners – Ochre Capital
Biochar Projects in South Africa
Organic material that has been carbonised under high temperatures (300-1000°C), in the presence of little, or no oxygen (‘pyrolysis’ or sometimes ‘gasification’ at higher temperatures).
Biochar is subject to natural decay and the permanence of biochar is calculated for a period of 100 years. Biochar must be utilized within the first year of its production.
2022 – First Biochar method created by VERRA the largest international standard for certifying carbon emission reductions for creating carbon credits
APPLICATIONS OF BIOCHAR (VM0044)
Biochar is eligible to be used as a soil amendment on land other than wetlands. For surface application, the biochar must be mixed with other substrates such as compost, manure or digestate from anaerobic digestion. For subsurface application, the biochar may be applied either as a unique soil amendment or mixed with other substrates.
Silage agent, Feed additive / supplement, Slurry treatment, Manure composting, Water treatment in fish farming.
Building Sector: High Technology Only
Biochar is eligible to be used in non-soil applications including but not limited to cement, asphalt, and any other applications where long-term storage of the biochar is possible. Only biochar produced in high technology production facilities, as defined under the methodology, is eligible to be used in non-soil applications.