Venture Spotlight Series: Carbon Lock Tech – Solving Climate Change One Plant at a Time

Mar 21, 2023

Co-founder and CEO of Carbon Lock Tech, Kevin Danner — whose innovative solution converts food waste into biocarbon — first became concerned with climate change in 1989, when he read Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature.

The book presents the argument that humanity must undergo a fundamental shift in our relationship with nature if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

“It had a big impact on me, and I became convinced that emissions reduction was the key,” Danner said.

In recent years, however, Danner has come to the realization that we not only need to limit our collective emissions, we must also draw down and permanently sequester the CO2 already in our atmosphere. Staying true to the message outlined in The End of Nature, Danner believes we can harness the power of nature in order to achieve this goal.

Roughly 30 per cent of atmospheric CO2 emissions are absorbed by plants, including food crops. However, a massive amount of those food crops are sent to landfills as food waste, where they break down and release methane — a potent greenhouse gas. To solve this, Carbon Lock Tech has developed a process to convert organic matter into a stable form of biocarbon, which can be sequestered in agricultural soils, construction materials, green infrastructure, and other manufactured goods.

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