We are going net zero - You should too!
03. November 2022
In the Net0 project, Syncraft has recorded its complete CO2 footprint, initiated reduction measures and offset unavoidable Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by retiring the aliquot amount of carbon credits based on biochar. The importance of biochar as a medium for storing CO2 and the potential uses of the technology for its production are underlined in a recently published technical briefing. In addition, the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) has published a highly recommended technical information on biochar as part of the klimaaktiv https://www.klimaaktiv.at/ initiative.
In recent years, biochar or plant carbon has increasingly become the focus of science and more and more users. Depending on the feedstock, process parameters and additives, biochar has the potential to be used in many different areas. For example, biochar is used as a feed additive, finds application in biogas production, composting or as a soil conditioner. Industrial applications include use as an aggregate for building materials, textiles or plastics, catalysts, adsorption and purification of water, gases and much more. Biochar can also be physically or chemically activated for specific applications.
This klimaaktiv technical information presents technical basics, possible applications, framework conditions as well as the CO2 reduction potential and the European biochar market.
Syncraft has built some of the plants for the production of biochar mentioned in the publication. Thus, the company is making a significant contribution on the way to Net0 System. According to the IPCC Special Report of 2019, biochar (PyCCS) has a negative emission potential of 0.03-6.6 Gt CO2eq/year by 2050, when energy substitution is taken into account. However, to limit average global warming to 1.5°C, negative emission technologies need to be massively scaled. The advantage of biochar as a NET is that the technology is already commercially available compared to other NETs, and thus CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere in the short and medium term, more cost-effectively than with other technologies.
This is also shown in the graph from the European Parliament briefing "Carbon dioxide removal". Here, the maximum potential of biochar by 2050 is estimated at 2 Gt CO2/year, and the maximum cost per sequestered ton of CO2 at $120. Thus, biochar has a relatively low CO2 reduction potential compared to the alternatives, but is the cheapest technological solution for CO2 sequestration.
In addition, the user of the technology egenerates heat and electricity with very interesting cost prices from renewable sources. Generation of heat and electricity from renewable sources creates a certain degree of independence and with Syncraft's technology, which produces biochar, also a valuable contribution to Net0.