US based American BioCarbon, an innovative manufacturer of renewable products made from sugarcane bagasse, has successfully completed a rigorous certification process conducted by Puro.earth to verify its biochar as a carbon removal tool. American BioCarbon is now certified to sell digital tradable assets called CO2 Removal Certificates (CORCs) in the carbon markets under an agreement with Puro.earth. This certification represents a major milestone as American BioCarbon seeks to become the largest capacity biochar producer in the U.S.
The Puro.earth certification is a rigorous verification process which confirmed that American BioCarbon’s biochar is truly carbon net-negative and complies with Puro Standard’s methodology requirements including environmental safeguards. Independent assessors audited American BioCarbon’s production facility and validated the accuracy of the company’s data. The audit considers product lifecycle, requires scientific measurement and quantification of the removed CO2, and its residence time in storage. The verified volume of extra carbon absorbed in the biochar is then issued CORCs for every metric ton of CO2 removed and stored.
“We are pleased with the results of the Puro.earth audit, which confirm that American BioCarbon’s biochar is an effective carbon removal solution,” said Ned Dwyer, CEO of American BioCarbon. “We are proud to utilize an agricultural waste product, which otherwise creates a significant environmental liability, and transform it into a valuable climate-positive Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) commodity.”
“Biochar is recognized in the IPCC report as a route to terrestrial carbon storage. Puro.earth is proud to welcome American BioCarbon to offer its CORCs to responsible corporations that want to remove their carbon emissions. The large volume of CORCs increases much needed supply in the carbon markets,” said Marianne Tikkanen, Head of Carbon Removal Supply at Puro.earth.
As per the source, American BioCarbon’s bagasse-based biochar captures carbon (that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere through bagasse decomposition or burn-offs) in a secure chemical structure, providing a stable carbon storage solution. When incorporated into soil, biochar is up to 100 times more stable than the feedstock from which it was produced, and a substantial amount of biochar’s organic carbon will persist in soil for decades to millennia. Biochar also offers environmental and agricultural benefits such as nutrient retention, improved water holding capacity, and increased aeration.