Now you can pay to bury charcoal in a quarry to get your & # 39; green guilt feeling & # 39; – but first it must be imported from Namibia
- Those who want to compensate for CO2 emissions can pay for the equivalent amount of charcoal to be stored safely underground
- Solid carbon storage claims to remove CO2 from the carbon cycle
- But most of the charcoal used is imported from Namibia in South Africa
A CO2 compensation company has come up with a bizarre way to & # 39; green guilt feelings & # 39; to take away – it requires people to bury sacks of charcoal at the bottom of a quarry.
Those who want to compensate for carbon emissions, such as during a flight or car ride, can pay for the equivalent amount of charcoal that is safely stored underground.
The company, Solid Carbon Storage, claims carbon dioxide (CO2) & # 39; from the carbon cycle & # 39; by collecting dead trees and plants into charcoal.
But most of the charcoal used is imported from Namibia in South Africa. And an expert who supports the use of charcoal to combat climate change, said burying it in a quarry & # 39; a little sin & # 39; is.
The company, Solid Carbon Storage, claims carbon dioxide (CO2) & # 39; from the carbon cycle & # 39; by collecting dead trees and plants into charcoal
The company, located in the former heart of mining in Yorkshire, claims & # 39; something very different & # 39; to combat climate change and describes his plan as & # 39; non-mining & # 39 ;.
It is claimed that if they are left to rot, the dead trees and plants release harmful CO2 into the atmosphere over time. The same damage would be caused by burning charcoal on home barbecues.
But leaving charcoal alone is & # 39; stable & # 39; and & # 39; friendly to the environment & # 39; and bury it remove it from the carbon cycle, the company says.
Those who want to compensate for CO2 emissions, such as during a flight or car ride, can pay for the equivalent amount of charcoal that is stored safely underground (file photo)
Charcoal is made by burning trees and plants in a sealed container, a process known as pyrolysis.
This effectively converts CO2 that would have been released into the atmosphere into a solid form that the gas does not emit. The schedule is surrounded by controversy over CO2 compensation.
Last week Sir Elton revealed to John that he had made a gift to compensate for the carbon footprint caused by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex using a private jet to stay in his palatial villa on the French Riviera.
Greenpeace chief scientist, Dr. Doug Parr, led the criticism and said that CO2 compensation is not a & # 39; meaningful response & # 39; on flight emissions.
The company to which Sir Elton has donated uses funds to support specific projects related to green energy and reducing deforestation.
Charcoal storage is not cheap. Solid Carbon Storage suggests a donation of £ 58 for a European flight and £ 187 for a flight to the United States.
Charcoal is made by burning trees and plants in a sealed container, a process known as pyrolysis (file photo)
Director Matthew Tulley, who explained the company's system, told the BBC: & We want to retain the CO2 in the soil because there is a major problem with global warming. We have captured that carbon and it is stored underground, much like coal-free mining. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; We are a start-up company. We've done 12 tons, so we've helped a lot of people to compensate for their car fuel or their flights. & # 39;
Once enough charcoal has been purchased by customers, the first batch is buried in a quarry by the Barnsley based company.
Charcoal is purchased from a company in Derbyshire. Most of the charcoal in Namibia is made from & # 39; woody weed & # 39; on farmland. It is sent to the UK by ship and road.
Last week Sir Elton John revealed that he had made a donation to compensate for the carbon footprint caused by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex driving a private jet to stay in his palatial villa on the French Riviera (photo on file )
Solid Carbon Storage said that transport accounts for 10 percent of the carbon footprint of the charcoal and is included in the compensation calculations. Tests ensure that it can be stored safely in the ground.
Biochar – forms of charcoal made from organic matter – is becoming popular as an environmentally friendly product that is added to the soil in gardens and farmland to enrich it.
Professor Stuart Haszeldine, from the UK Biochar Research Center at the University of Edinburgh, said that burial deep underground is a bit of a waste.
He said: & # 39; We are not extracting environmentally-friendly value here. Charcoal is effectively dumped into the quarry when it can be used as a soil improver. & # 39;
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