In Puerto Rico, the weather can be very damaging to bamboo forests and settlements which grow along waterways and roadsides. Sometimes, fallen and broken bamboo even cause blockages in rivers. This can lead to flooding, erosion and other problems for local communities and the environment. The BioRestorative Ideas project in Puerto Rico will transform fallen, broken and problematic bamboo into biochar while creating about 20 high-quality local jobs.
The project should transform about 7000 mtons of bamboo into 3000 mtons of biochar annually. The project will collect the bamboo, process it and sequester carbon through its transformation, right on the island. The resulting biochar will be used in different applications, including to better soils, in materials and in agriculture. The project is not going to use plantation bamboo, only residues which have to be managed by local authorities. Generally, this bamboo is burnt on site or exported to be burnt.
As a second phase of the project, BRi intends to transform biomass residues that are unusable following hurricanes and tropical storms which are devastating for the island. This will allow the population to generate energy, producing biochar which can help with poor soils, while cleaning up the community.
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BioRestorative Ideas was formed to tackle challenges in Puerto Rico, notably the island's poor management of bamboo waste. The goal of BioRestorative Ideas is to supply environmental and sustainable solutions that will benefit Puerto Rico, its local communities and its biodiversity. It was also created to support the island clean ups post hurricanes and tropical storms, which are devastating for its people and its economy.
GECA Environnement is the carbon project developer and the manager for BioRestorative Ideas' carbon project. GECA does not own nor the carbon nor the physical project in Puerto Rico.
GECA is a consulting firm specialized in biochar and pyrolysis, as well as the carbon market.