Can you provide more details about your solution and methods?
Our Solutions Overview document located within our Portal (free to access) includes details pertaining to our methods and procedures. It also includes further insight into the approved equipment, biomass and other criteria associated to the EBC standard.
Where do you source the biomass for making biochar?
The feedstock used to make the biochar includes agricultural waste after a farmer’s harvest. Currently, we use corn cob, corn stalks and tree branches which would typically be burnt in the open field. Without the financial incentive to make and use biochar, we believe farmers would continue to conduct open field burning.
How is biochar used?
By rule, only biochar that is buried, used as a soil amendment or in animal feed qualifies for payment. Farmers must show the final use of any char for which they wish to be compensated on the blockchain using photos, videos, and/or receipts. Our team and/or 3rd party verifiers make unannounced, random checks to ensure that the biochar actually sequesters CO2 for the long-term.
How do you calculate the c-sink potential?
We use the European Biochar Certification standard developed by Ithaka Institute adapted for smallholder farmers. The EBC standard dictates emission considerations by biochar feedstock and other requirements to determine the amount of carbon sinked. The Carbon-sink value that Biochar Life records in its certificates includes the anticipated biological degradation carbon in the biochar over 100 years (C-sink100).
Our calculations include emission expenditures from the pyrolysis and processing of the biochar, transportation, or post-production expenditures. Our calculation considers CH4 emission compensation benefits from the prevention of open field burning, which emits large amounts of CH4 (methane) into the atmosphere or planting of trees to compensate for the CH4 emissions generated from low-tech pyrolysis equipment. We include an emissions security margin for emissions. We calculate “additionality” based on the elimination of open field burning for the biomass that is made into biochar.
Over time, we will continue to update our solution and calculations to ensure the most accurate C-sink impact.
How are proceeds distributed?
The majority of the proceeds goes into the hands of smallholder farmers and employees who are hired from the local community. On average, 75% is distributed to the farmers and local community. 15% is used for administration and support. The remaining 10% is used for future project development or to support our children’s homes.
Do you adhere to fair and equal hiring practices?
Yes. Warm Heart instituted fair and equal hiring practices from the moment we started 13 years ago. The Biochar Projects with Warm Heart and Biochar Life have gender and income equality as primary social aims through job creation for the poor and the creation of new income streams in rural communities.
How is Warm Heart related to Biochar Life?
Biochar Life is a Public Benefit Corporation registered in the State of Delaware, an impact venture of Warm Heart Worldwide (“Warm Heart''). Warm Heart is a registered 501 c. 3 tax exempt nonprofit in the United States and has partner charities registered in Thailand and Africa. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Biochar Life is required to report its results relative to its stated mission (taken from Warm Heart). Biochar Life is owned and controlled by Warm Heart to ensure the ongoing support for Warm Heart’s mission to support smallholder farmers and communities.