Just last month, on March 29th, Stockholm opened the first of five biochar-producing plants in efforts to sequester CO2, and provide energy and healthy soil to nearby neighborhoods.
The first biochar plant opening in Stockholm, Sweden. http://biochar-hy.blogspot.com/
The Stockholm Biochar Project was the winning idea in 2014 for Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge--a contest for solutions to challenges in urban areas around the globe.
The Project found that climate change concerned a majority of Stockholm residents: 8 out of 10 said they wanted to be more active in fighting climate change. The city had also set a goal to be fossil-fuel free by 2040.
Which makes sense, given the incredible benefits of the large-scale biochar-making plants. Stockholm expects to make 7,000 tons of biochar by 2020 just with this one plant. That will sequester 25,200 tons of CO2--equivalent to taking 3,500 cars off the road. Through its production of the char, the plant will also provide enough energy to heat over 80 apartments.
Stockholm's biochar plants will be a resource by the people, and for the people. City residents will provide plant waste to the facility, just as they would do their recycling or compost. In return, citizens benefit not only from the energy but from the biochar product they can use for their plants and gardens.
Sustainable Stockholm. http://www.adjacentopenaccess.org
It also smartly observes that the Stockholm Biochar Project is "the first large-scale collaboration between local authorities and citizens in the generation of [biochar]."
It takes a city.
Check out this video for a behind-the-scenes look at the Project!
It might take some time until we get our own large-scale biochar plant here in Upstate New York. However, America Sequesters CO2 is working to bring biochar into more and more backyards from coast to coast with the fireplace ready BioCharlie product.
Oh, and it's hosted at a beer garden! So you may see me talking with a BioCharlie in one hand and a pint in the other... but more on this to come.
From New York State to Stockholm, happy charring.
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Gore's book Our Choice pointed out some ways in which the climate change problem might be solved, with biochar being one piece of the puzzle.