This white paper will be summarized and discussed at a free webinar that is announce in the attachment: 9 AM EST Thursday 10 December 2020.
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A White Paper about Biochar and Energy (BC&E) for
Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Emission Reduction (ER)
First Edition dated 2020-12-07
Distributed from the website www.woodgas.energy
The white paper’s direct URL is https://woodgas.energy/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Climate-Intervention-With-Biochar.pdf
Executive Summary of Biochar White Paper
Major impacts to
fight the climate crisis are possible now with the economical use of
biochar and energy (BC&E) as a negative emissions technology (NET) for
millennial sequestration of gigatons of atmospheric CO2e as a soil enhancement while also being an emission reduction (ER) source for
valuable needed heat. Opportunities for practical, prompt actions are in Part Two of the white paper.
* * * Part One: Biochar among the NETs * * *
A. Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) involves two separate actions:
remove CO2 from the atmosphere and sequester it for at least hundreds of years. Of the recognized Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs),
only one good combination is functional now for gigatons of CDR.
Natural photosynthesis by plants in forests, fields, wild lands, and oceans (as associated with AR, SCS, and OF) can do at low-cost massive amounts of
CO2 removal by creating biomass that is abundant and can even be increased.
Pyrolysis of that biomass can produce highly stable carbon for sequestration while also providing vast amounts of valuable heat, being the NET called
Biochar and Energy (BC&E).
D. Other technical solutions (DACCS, BECCS, EW and OF) are still in development stages involving sorbents and inorganic chemistry for
expensive carbon capture and storage (CCS).
E. It is time to recognize pyrolytic biochar from biomass as a practical way get CDR started immediately.
* * * Part Two: Gigatons of CO2 Removal and Reduction via Biochar * * *
Nearly 0.2 Gt CO2/yr currently is being made worldwide into stable carbon: But it is charcoal produced to be burned for cooking for 2 billion people, not for sequestration. Section XI.
BC&E TLUD biomass cookstoves produce biochar equal to approximately 1 t CO2 removal per stove per year. With carbon offset support, sustainable and even profitable fexpansion could sequester
0.25 Gt CO2e/yr with many SDG benefits for the bottom quintile of socio-economic families with
a decrease in the consumption of biomass fuel. Section XII.
H. Recent (2020 patent application)
advances in lower-cost mid-range BC&E char making technology help make scalable CDR solutions possible. Section XIII.
Cleaner air is a benefit while sequestering a Gt of CO2e/yr from pyrolysis of crop residues, with co-benefits for SDGs. Section XV.
J. Biomass disposal via BC&E for
fire safety, forestry slash and urban waste. Section XVI.
Biomass pyrolysis and electric power production. Sections XVII.
L. Heat for housing and industrial process heat. Sections XVIII and XIX.
M. Co-benefits of Biochar and the financial value of CDR, by biochar Sections XXI and XXII
A blockchain-secured carbon accounting and verifiable biochar sequestration recording and mapping system
for ER and CDR is operational. Sections IX and XX.
* * * Part Three: Conclusions and Actions * * *
N. Summary of CO2 removal via BC&E, reaching
up to 9.2 Gt/yr CO2e. Section XXIV
O. A call to action.
“If we cannot promptly implement these comparatively easy, benefit-rich Biochar and Energy (BC&E) initiatives, we will lose the battle to save our planet.”
Paul S. Anderson, PhD, Woodgas Pyrolytics, 7 December 2020 (psanders@... )
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Exec. Dir. of Juntos Energy Solutions NFP Go to:
Inventor of RoCC kilns for biochar and energy: See
Author of “A Capitalist Carol” (free digital copies at
with pages 88 – 94 about solving the world crisis for clean cookstoves.