Carbon Dioxide Removal

As the world moves steadily towards a net zero future, the demand for sustainable, effective carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions is set to increase significantly. This represents both a major challenge and a tremendous opportunity.

Why Carbon Dioxide Removal?

Climate change is a serious risk that has the potential to disrupt not only our climate but social, political and economic systems as well.

While most efforts to date have focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, it’s becoming increasingly clear that this alone won’t be enough. We’re also going to have to get very good at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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What is Net-Zero?

Net-zero is the point at which global carbon dioxide emissions are “zeroed” by carbon dioxide removals. From the atmosphere’s perspective, this is equivalent to eliminating all carbon emissions (i.e. the same amount that enters the atmosphere each year is removed each year).

As seen in the graph below, carbon dioxide removal solutions – sometimes called negative emissions technologies – have an important role to play in achieving net zero. Indeed, the can be no “net zero” without carbon dioxide removal. 

Solutions that provide negative emissions are currently in high demand. Carbon Lock Tech is developing just such a solution.

Source: World Economic Forum’s Carbon Dioxide Removal: Best-Practice Guidelines

What are Carbon Removal Credits?

Source: Bloomberg

New types of carbon credits – called a carbon dioxide removal (CDR) credits – are currently in high demand. CDR credits can be generated whenever carbon is removed from the atmosphere and sequestered for the long term in soils, rocks, infrastructure and elsewhere. Companies like Microsoft, Google, Airbus and Shopify are actively buying CDR credits, either directly or through brokers, and CDR credit futures markets are beginning to develop.

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Who is Carbon Lock Tech?

Carbon Lock Tech is a Canadian-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR) start-up with patented pyrolytic technology for converting biomass into a stable form of biocarbon or “biochar” for long-term sequestration purposes. It is currently advancing is technologies and researching sustainable applications where is can sequester its carbon.

Carbon Lock Tech has selected biocarbon (or “biochar”) production as its carbon removal approach. Biochar production involves the conversion of biomass or organic matter into stable biocarbon, which can then be sequestered in a range of applications, from agricultural soils and construction materials to sustainable landfills and manufactured goods.

Biochar production is currently the leading method for removing carbon from the atmosphere and generating CDR credits. Recent studies indicate that biochar exhibits very high permanence, an important consideration when developing a CDR credit strategy.

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