LCN has sequestered
Equivalent to approximately 72 acres of forest in one year, with projects currently spanning across 36 households and 11 community gardens
The Local Carbon Network is a community based carbon management system which closes the carbon cycle by transforming local green-waste into renewable energy, with long term sequestration of carbon in the soil as Biochar.
Home composters, supporting the project with yearly subscriptions, allow for local community gardens to receive sponsored biochar and the whole Network to grow, with potential for 10-40ppm CO2e climate impact over the next century. Here is how.
Plants use CO2 during photosynthesis and their structure is rich in carbon. When they die they decompose or burn, releasing methane or carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.
We can stop the process and keep the carbon in the ground by transforming waste wood into charcoal or Biochar. Added to your kitchen scraps in a compost bin a “super-compost” is obtained for regenerative agriculture and carbon farming. Wherever plants grow worldwide this method can be easily applied.
With this innovative process waste wood is no longer hauled off to the landfills. Renewable electricity and heat are also generated in the process. The natural carbon cycle releases 99% of the carbon back into the air but with Biochar production we can store in the ground 50% of plant carbon.
Biochar is fabulous!
Boosts the electron exchange capacity of the microorganisms in your compost pile
Whereas all biochars are great to use, it’s only the high temperature biochars that are conductive. This means the microorganisms are more active, the compost piles are hotter and the whole composting process is faster. This is just one of the many benefits that biochar brings to your garden.
By purchasing a tumbler and biochar subscription for your home you can support your local community project. We use the revenue generated from sales to donate biochar to community gardens and increase the number of projects around the world.
What is a Local Carbon Network?
Composting and drawdown at a community level
We reinvest the resources obtained from the home tumbler/biochar sales and subscriptions, as well as sponsor donations, to support biochar composting at our local community gardens. In 2019 we distributed 1319.0 kg to community gardens free of charge.
The Biochar we give them is obtained from local wood waste and the other organic materials for composting are obtained from local farms, coffee shops and restaurants.
LCN connects hands to action, as well as investment dollars to direct, traceable, verifiable and immediate carbon drawdown.
Our current projects are located in California and Italy but we are open to facilitating projects worldwide.
The Climate Clock tells us we will reach our CO2 limit within 15 years. The Scientific American tells us we only have 60 harvests left but it’s not too late.
Professor Rattan Lal from Ohio State University says that “a mere 2% increase in the carbon content of the planet’s soils could offset 100% of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere.” … while also regenerating soils.
Why does it work?
Because we create a win win scenario for green waste recycling projects, for community gardens and for the environment.
Each kg of Biochar has a carbon impact of 20-40 kg of CO2e. In comparison a tree absorbs 20kg of CO2 in a year so using tons of biochar is equivalent to planting acres of forest. All the details are on the benefits page and for scientific evidence please see our white paper or list of studies.
You can get involved by supporting the project via a sponsorship or a subscription, by volunteering in your local community garden or by producing Biochar.