THE TL;DR 💨: Shopify purchases carbon removal directly from individual suppliers, as well as through partnerships with companies like Puro.earth for highly local solutions like biochar.; Stacy’s take: we need to do more work on permanence research for solutions like biochar to scale in a meaningful way.
THE TL;DR 💨: Shopify’s climate program is deeply intertwined with their mission to support entrepreneursip — the company recognizes climate change as a critical threat to small businesses.; Their climate program delivers value to their merchants and “gives them superpowers” via easy access to vetted science-backed business solutions.
Puro.Earth is a platform with a marketplace, standard, and registry focused exclusively on carbon removal.
Climate Robotics is building a mobile, tractor-mounted system with a biochar product that solves costly agricultural pain, fits seamlessly into existing buying processes, and has a verified carbon removal impact.
Takachar is focused on deploying small scale portable equipment to convert waste biomass into resources such as fuel, fertilizer, and biochar. Instead of burning agricultural or forestry waste, responsible for major air quality impacts in India and beyond, farmers and utilities can use Takachar’s small scale portable equipment to convert that waste into a biochar based fertilizer blend.
Waste biomass input -> process (pyrolysis) -> CO2 removal via conversion of biomass to a stable output (biochar and bio-oil).
Here, we’ll focus on biomass-based carbon removal. On a basic level, this means that biomass, typically waste biomass, is converted through some process into a more stable form.