Unearthing Soil’s Carbon-Removal Potential in Agriculture

Mar 27, 2024

Key Takeaways

Next-generation soil carbon sequestration supercharges biological and chemical processes that naturally occur in the soil, helping corporate efforts to get to net zero and mitigate climate change.

  • There are three distinct categories of next-gen soil carbon sequestration, and all improve permanence: biochar, enhanced rock weathering, and microbials.
  • Because next-gen soil carbon sequestration enhances processes that naturally occur in the soil, it can help farmers transition faster from conventional agriculture to regenerative agriculture practices.
  • On top of permanence and speed, next-gen soil carbon sequestration methods improve scalability thanks to higher efficacy, better economics for farmers, and a lower burden to change.
  • In response to these innovations, a new generation of carbon credit registries is emerging to support faster deployment of innovative, high-quality carbon removal solutions.

The demand for carbon removal continues to rise as corporate efforts to get to net zero and mitigate climate change intensify. The voluntary carbon market (VCM) grew fourfold in value from 2020 to 2021, reaching $2 billion, and it is expected to grow to between $10 billion and $40 billion by 2030. As the market develops, it is also evolving to focus more on the quality of carbon sequestration—such as through permanence and transparent evaluation of carbon credits—rather than just its volume. Increasingly, sophisticated buyers will pay for these improvements.

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