Tech giant Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) striked another carbon removal agreement to help accelerate its climate change goals. The company made a deal with Grassroots Carbon – a company offering nature-based soil carbon storage solutions, for soil carbon removal drawdown credits.
The credits represent additional carbon sequestered over a 30-year period. They are Microsoft’s first investment in carbon credits generated from regeneratively managed grasslands.
“Grassroots Carbon is thrilled Microsoft is including soil credits in their carbon removal strategy. Soil carbon storage is an essential part of the climate solution and our regenerative ranchers are trusted partners in that solution… Microsoft not only made a choice to reduce atmospheric carbon levels, but to do so with impacts far beyond just carbon,” said Brad Tipper, CEO of Grassroots Carbon.
Grassroots Carbon partners with ranchers across the US to implement regenerative practices combining cutting-edge science and climate technology. The company provides ranchers with rewards for storing CO2 through such practices. Grassroots’ team is comprised of soil scientists, ranchers, software engineers and entrepreneurs with backgrounds from Amazon, Shell, Expedia, and Stanford University.
Grassroots land management practices are being tracked and managed by its grazing management software – PastureMap. PastureMap is a measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) tool that improves grassland management by incentivizing ranchers’ transition to rotational grazing.
Some of the practices that Grassroots Carbon helps ranchers implement are rotating their cattle between paddocks more frequently to allow the forage on grazed land to grow, rest, and recover.
The process accelerates photosynthesis which captures CO2 and draws it down deep into the soil. If left undisturbed, the carbon stays sequestered for thousands of years. Some of the benefits of rotational grazing are that the soil is regenerated, it increases microbiology, improves water retention, and increases forage quality and quantity above ground. The changes improve soil health and foster a robust ecosystem.