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Edgewood Biorefinery

Quantity
110 000
CORC Price
121 €
Pre-CORC Price
N/A
Production Timeline
Q3 2025-Q4 2027

About the project

BC Biocarbon’s Edgewood Biorefinery will be located near the bustling town of Carrot River, Saskatchewan, Canada. The biorefinery’s nameplate capacity is planned for 8 dry tonnes per hour of sustainable forestry waste feedstock in, and annually 44,000 tonnes CO2e sequestered from biochar out. Other co-products will be produced at the plant including heavy and light fraction carbon-based chemicals, water-based liquid products such as wood vinegar, and gases for thermal combustion.

At this time, BC Biocarbon is unable to supply CORCs until Q3 2025 due to a major pre-CORC sale currently in final stages of development. From Q3 2025 and beyond we are able to offer pre-sales our future CORCs, as per the pricing below.

BC Biocarbon strives to provide the highest quality, longest lasting CORCs possible with our high temperature ‘Black Bear Biochar’. We believe that the privilege to release greenhouse gases, such as through the combustion of fossil fuels, should reflect the cost on our climate as well as other environmental and human health impacts. This cost is known as the Social Cost of Carbon and is valued per CORC. In exchange for purchasing at the Social Cost of Carbon, one should receive an equal permanent removal of 1 CORC from the biosphere and/or atmosphere. The Social Cost of Carbon is currently proposed to be $170 CAD (€119) by the Canadian Government. This is where our pricing is currently and initially anchored, along with a $6 (€~4.30) reduction per year on multi-year commitments up to 10 years. Purchasing CORCs at or near the Social Cost of Carbon performs one critical and key step, it ensures that you, the purchaser, are purchasing CORCs as a last resort to your internal greenhouse gas reduction strategy. A permanent CORC purchased at or near the Social Cost of Carbon creates a highly valid, additional, and ethically robust offset from a carbon accounting perspective. We appreciate and encourage pricing negotiations for multi-year commitments, and we will seek further price reductions for payment-in-advance contracts to help boost our internal capacity for growth.

BC Biocarbon is driven to lead the next revolution in the carbon sequestration sector. We do not view biomass as an explicit energy resource, but as a carbon asset that should be appropriately managed. We hope you see our vision and share our values in creating a fair and effective climate mitigation strategy through the sale of our Black Bear Biochar and associated CORCs.

Key Project Data

  • Type of project info
    New facility or site
  • Carbon removal methodology info
    Biochar
  • Durability of carbon removal in years (number) info
    500
  • Co-benefits info

    Environmental improvements will be seen through improved water and air conditions, such as, reduced water run off contamination from tannins, eliminated smoke pollution including nitrous oxide and methane pollution from retirement of beehive burners, and sequestration of stored carbon instead of combusted release.

    Economic benefits will be seen through the project investment of $45 million in a region supporting a population of approximately 7,000, including construction (estimated at 40,000 person hours) and long-term employment (12 full time and 3 part time positions are anticipated). The project will also provide new, high paying technical jobs that will stem into new BC Biocarbon projects.

    The project will enhance existing forest operations to reduce marginal cost and diversify product manufacturing, with the potential to significantly improve forestry and sawmill viability. This will occur at the community level by maximizing the value of underutilized residuals and producing valuable new products for high value markets. The technology has many similar applications, with the impact on climate change being both repeatable and additive.

    Social benefits will be seen through eliminated smoke pollution including nitrous oxide and methane pollution from retirement of beehive burners, and reduced release of stored carbon when combusted (avoided emissions). All of which have negative impacts on the health of local citizens and contributions to climate change.

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) info
  • Production facility country info
    Canada
  • Site visits are possible info
    Yes
  • Certifications or assessments info

    First and foremost, feedstock for our Edgewood Biorefinery is sourced from Dunkley Lumber LTD who holds active certifications for sustainable forestry practices and chain of custody. These certifications are: Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard and Fiber Sourcing Standard and it’s validation independently through the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). These certification documents can be seen in the attached files for this Pre-CORC offer.

    For carbon removal validation, Puro.earth CO2 Removal Standard and the CO2 Removal Certificates (CORCs) will quantify net-removal of BC Biocarbon’s biochar, although, avoided emissions are not calculated in the emission balance in the Puro.earth Standard. Lifecycle assessment of our system will be performed as per Puro.earth CO2 Removal Standard following the methodology described in ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards where applicable. BC Biocarbon will also be audited within the Puro.earth Biochar Methodology where biochar production is verified for carbon negativity by one of Puro.earth’s independent audit partners, and where CORCs are issued per 1 tonne of CO2 removed.

    A 2019 doctoral thesis examined an engineered hypothetical large-scale BC Biocarbon biorefinery facility and was performed by de Ruiter 2019 (Greenhouse gas lifecycle assessment of biochar and biocoal applications in British Columbia. doi:10.24124/2018/58978). Based on this work, and used as an indicator, BC Biocarbon’s pyrolysis system locks away and sequesters the equivalent of 3.1 tonnes CO2e in the form of biochar for each tonne of dry forestry residues. As mentioned above, when our Edgewood Biorefinery is completed and operational a dedicated lifecycle assessment will be performed in requirement for Puro.Earth Certification.

  • Planned start date of construction info
    01/10/2021
  • Planned start date of production info
    01/07/2022
  • Annual carbon removal capacity in tCO2e (number) info
    40000
  • Additionality info

    Although described in more detail below, the basic scenario of onsite biomass would be that all carbon would be released back to the atmosphere in form of CO2 or methane, either through combustion or biological degradation. Our Edgewood Biorefinery will change that scenario to being a net carbon removal system.

    The current end-use of biomass at the future Edgewood Biorefinery site is combustion in a very low efficiency beehive burner. In these conditions smoke pollution including nitrous oxide and methane pollution are released as well as the stored biogenic carbon when combusted. It is currently in legal process to eliminate beehive burners in Saskatchewan, however there is no mandate for sequestration. The most probable outcome for future biomass residues is likely for combustion, which, based on broad carbon accounting protocols, is considered carbon neutral and not carbon negative. Thus, our project stands to be additional based on the local legislation and likely outcome of feed stock management.

  • Implementation of this project is subject to receiving funding (equity or debt) info
    No
  • Implementation of this project is subject to permits (building, environmental, etc.) info
    Yes
  • Implementation of this project is subject to reaching minimum pre-CORC commitments info
    No
  • The above conditions are expected to be fulfilled on this date
    01/07/2022
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About the supplier

BC Biocarbon

BC Biocarbon uses slow pyrolysis and our proprietary biorefinery to convert biodegradable biomass into solid, stable, and long-lasting carbon products, as well as high value chemicals. We recover the highest amount of carbon possible to help derive value and mitigate climate change.
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