NetZero Accelerates Biochar Production In Brazil With Third Facility

NetZero Accelerates Biochar Production In Brazil With Third Facility - Carbon Herald

NetZero, a pioneering French startup specializing in biochar production in tropical regions, has inaugurated its third biochar factory in Brejetuba in the state of Espírito Santo, southeastern Brazil.

This facility, strategically located less than 25 miles (40 km) from its first Brazilian site, is NetZero’s second in the country.

The proximity to Coocafé, a regional cooperative of over 10,000 coffee growers, ensures a steady supply of biomass from 250 farmers, the company said in a statement at the end of June.

    The new plant will produce 4,000 tons of biochar annually using coffee husks, sequestering over 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-eq) each year, which will contribute to soil fertility and offer a sustainable agricultural solution.

    NetZero’s model focuses on local, circular biochar production at an industrial scale, particularly effective in tropical regions where unused biomass is abundant.

    This approach tackles climate change by long-term carbon sequestration, promotes sustainable agriculture by improving soil quality and yields, and supports social impact by enhancing farmers’ livelihoods and creating jobs in rural areas of developing countries.

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    NetZero has also announced plans for a new site in Minas Gerais, another state in southeastern Brazil, with construction beginning soon.

    This expansion demonstrates the replicability of NetZero’s industrial model and its ability to connect stakeholders across the biochar value chain, from biomass suppliers to industrial and financial entities.

    The recent developments come on the heels of NetZero being named the only French finalist in the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition, funded by the Musk Foundation with a $100 million prize aimed at promoting carbon removal technologies.

    Earlier this year, NetZero secured $19.5 million (€18 million) in funding from French infrastructure and impact fund STOA, supported by the French sovereign fund (Caisse des Dépôts) and the French Development Agency (AFD).

    Axel Reinaud, co-founder and CEO of NetZero, emphasized that this third biochar facility in Brazil marks a significant milestone in the company’s growth, as it signifies the transition from a sequential to a simultaneous building approach, with plans to construct multiple factories annually.

    According to the chief executive, this strategy is aimed at establishing regional hubs for operational synergies, benefiting local communities through improved agriculture and employment opportunities.

    Read more: NetZero Locks In $18M Investment from STOA To Open New Biochar Facilities In Brazil

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