PBiA organizes local biochar networks with rice farmers in the countryside.
Formed at the town level, each network is a tripartite collaboration of the local government through the Mayor’s Office, a local NGO, and an organized rice farmers’ group.
The function of the farmers’ organization is to produce the biochar, select the farms on which the biochar is to be used, and to transport the biochar in measured amounts, i.e. 25 kilo sacks, to the farms and supervise the integration of the biochar into the farmland.
Biochar farm integrations are validated and certified by the 3-member network who issues serialized master certificates for every 1.1 tons of biochar use, signed by all three members of the network, indicating the farm and farmer involved, and the integration date. These integration records are audited by PBiA.
PBiA issues carbon offset credits represented by carbon negative stickers on these master certificates which are sold to raise funds for the local biochar networks to finance their biochar production and soil integration.
Through the Local Biochar Networks, the PBiA is formalizing the production and distribution channels of biochar with potentially commercial scales in a decentralized and community friendly manner.
And PBiA, by selling the carbon offset credits through its carbon negative stickers is working towards putting a price on carbon. Right now it costs Php 500 or US$12 for a 1 ton reduction of CO2 and CO2 equivalents.
"If you could continually turn a lot of organic material into biohar, you could, over time, reverse the history of the last two hundred years..."
"We an, literally, start sucking some of the carbon that our predecessors have poured into the atmosphere down through our weeds and stalks and stick it back in the ground. We can run the movie backward. We can unmine some of the coal, undrill some of the oil. We can take at least pieces of the Earth and -- this is something we haven't dont for a quite a while -- leave them Better Than We Found Them."
- Bill McKibben, author, climate activist and founder of 350.org
"One of the most exciting new strategies for restoring carbon to depleted soils, and sequestering significant amounts of CO2 for 1,000 years and more, is the use of biochar.
"The principle barrier to the use of this strategy is the lack of a price on carbon that would drive the economy toward the most effective ways to sequester it. There is presently no formalized network of biochar distribution channels or commercial scale production facilities. But a stable price on carbon would cause them to quickly emerge -- because biochar holds suck promise as an inexpensive and highly effective way to sequester carbon in soil."
- Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States and 2007 Nobel Peace Price Co-recpient
this is how we do it!
Philip Camara's Presentation at the First Philippine Biochar Conference, April 17, 2013
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