Our Solution

Each year plants – including food crops, trees and other types of vegetation – draw enough carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to offset up to a third of the world’s carbon emissions.

But when plants die and are discarded as waste, they decompose and release that carbon back into the atmosphere in the form of methane, a potent greenhouse gas up to 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

Canada generates over 35 million tonnes of agricultural and food waste each year, significant quantities of which end up in landfills. Landfills are unhealthy environments that produce noxious odours, liquid leachate, air pollution, food for scavengers, and tremendous amounts of methane.

In Canada, landfills contribute up to 25% of our methane emissions, and globally methane from landfills represents 8% of total GHG emissions (by comparison, the aviation industry only represents about 2%).

What’s our solution?

At Carbon Lock Tech, our solution to this problem is to convert food waste and other types of organic matter into a stable form of biocarbon, sometimes called “biochar”. Once in this form, the carbon is “locked” and no long available for methane formation. This is a long term solution to not only landfill waste but climate change. 

What is biochar?

Biochar is similar to charcoal, and is produced through a process called pyrolysis, a process that subjects the material to high heat in the absence of oxygen. This process breaks down the matter to simpler molecules and elements, the most common of which is stable carbon.

Learn More:

  • What is Biochar? (biochar-industry.com)
  • About Biochar (International Biochar Initiative)

What can you use if for?

Once produced, biocarbon can be used in many sustainable applications, helping to reduce costs, lock carbon, and reduce additional emissions: