Biochar from France

124 € / CORC

Carbon Removal Information info

Permanence info : Over 1000 years
Status of production info : Audit scheduled
Unit of product volume info : tonne
Embodied carbon in product info : 2,7
Year or years of CORCs issued : 2021
Minimum amount to negotiate info : 200
Avoided emissions (mention avoided emissions in tonnes) info : 622 Kg CO2e per ton of Biochar

Description info

Sylva Fertilis is part of the SLB Group, a forestry consortium in France. The company manufactures high-quality biochar products for both retail and wholesale markets and is one of the largest suppliers in France.

Sylva Fertilis’ process involves the production of biochar from wood pellets at their facility at Argentan, in the Normandy region. The wood pellets are sourced from a manufacturer near Reims in the east of France, which produces pellets from timber from forests certified by the PEFC as non-controversial. Two granularities of char are produced: 0-1 mm and > 1mm. A small share of the biochar is augmented with mycorrhizal fungi to create soil improvement products that are marketed under the Terra Fertilis® brand. The remaining volumes of biochar are sold as soil improvement products to municipalities, farmers, golf courses, wine producers and forestry operations.

The biochar has an extremely high carbon content, 94%, each dry ton of biochar contains 3,4 tonnes of CO2. A lifecycle assessment (LCA) of Sylva Fertilis' production process was carried out by Accend in June 2021. The LCA accounts for all process emissions from the harvesting of forestry materials, chipping and pelletizing, transport, energy use and packaging and confirms that 2.7 tonnes of CO2 are stored for every 1 ton of biochar. 

Examples of usage info

Soil improvement for agriculture, including wine production. The basis for organic fertiliser.

Co-benefits info

  • Harvesting and forestry management sustainably decreases the risk of forest fires, insect damage and diseases.
  • Biochar is deployed directly or indirectly for soil improvement. It dramatically increases water and nutrient retention in the soil leading to yield increases.
  • Biochar reduces nutrient leaching, which has caused damage to waterways and seas.Biochar reduces the need for artificial fertilizers, which are typically energy-intensive to produce.
  • Green jobs: The production of biochar creates green jobs throughout the value chain from harvesting to distribution and usage.

Explanation of avoided emissions

The baseline scenario for the usage of pellets is combustion, either domestically or in bioenergy production. In otherwords, in the absence of Sylva Fertilis' production, the pellets used as feedstock would be burnt resulting in the release of CO2. The global warming impact of burning pellets is between 150-190 gr. CO2 e/MJ. In the long-term, these emissions can be considered to be carbon-neutral as the source is biomass.

Economic acceleration impact info

The extra income from allows us Sylva Fertilis to develop and grow their business. Revenues can be invested into creating sales revenues and new distribution channels which will increase volumes. The company has advanced plans to invest in new equipment for their production facility that will advance their efficiency and productivity.

Terra Fertilis

Terra Fertilis
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Email address:
Contact person: Paul Ferguson
Location: 14000 Caen, France
Call Paul +47 9083 7317
You can buy minimum 1 and maximum 150.

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