THAT NURTURES FARMERS
Permanent and verified CO2 removal at scale in Latin America
Why we remove CO2
Reducing carbon emissions is not enough to prevent the worst consequences of climate change.
In order to stay below 1.5 °C of global temperature rise, we need to remove from our atmosphere 1 billion tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030 and 10 billion tonnes per year by 2050.
We need to scale up solutions with the potential of delivering permanent CO2 removal at scale to meet these ambitious goals.
Solutions like enhanced rock weathering that go beyond carbon capture are particularly important. Silica aims to improve the lives of low-income agricultural comunities around Latin America by increasing crop yields and enabling them to capture value from the production and sales of carbon credits.
Unleashing the power of nature
How we remove CO2
Enhanced rock weathering accelerates the natural process through which silicate rocks capture carbon.
When finely ground volcanic rocks are spread in croplands, its silicates reacts with CO2 dissolved in rainwater and CO2 in the soil. This creates carbonate minerals that are stable for tens of thousands of years. This approach fights climate change by reducing greenhouse gases while improving soil health and agriculture.
The amount of CO2 captured is monitored and measured through thorough testing and analysis of the treated soil before and after the silicate rock dust is applied.
Application sites are monitored and tested to measure carbon capture empirically
Maximum impact and transparency
Permanent, verified removals
Silica employs the highest quality monitoring, validation, and reporting standards for its CO2 removals.
Every carbon credit issued is backed up by independently-verified direct measurements from soil analyses.
Surplus material from silicate rock extraction and processing is gathered
The material is spread on agricultural land using existing equipment
High-quality verified carbon credits are issued
Impact beyond carbon capture
Increased crop yields
Silicate rock regulates soil pH and provides a steady nutrient flow that can lead to higher crop yields. It also decreases stress produced by droughts and creates plants that are more resilient to pests.
Farming operations employing limestone to regulate soil pH can completely eliminate the procurement and application costs of this material.
Fixed payment per hectare creates an additional income stream for farmers that can substantialy increase their operating profits.
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