President of Maldives Announces Commitment to Biochar to Meet Zero Carbon Goal

September 22, 2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ – Mohamed Nasheed, President of Maldives, today affirmed his commitment to biochar as an important means of meeting the country’s goal to be “Zero Carbon” by 2020. Announced as part of Climate Week at the UN in New York, this commitment further solidifies the country’s position as a leader in combating climate change and highlights the potential of biochar as a solution to growing CO2 emissions. The Maldives have partnered with Carbon Gold, the world’s leading sustainable biochar project developer, to implement multiple biochar projects across the country.

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“The Maldives is one of the most threatened place in the world and as such know first-hand the global benefits to achieving carbon neutrality. We see biochar as a critical means to achieving this goal,” said President Nasheed. “As a technology that could achieve gigaton-scale CO2 removal, with additional benefits in energy and food security, biochar simply must be part of the equation now as well as the larger deal at Copenhagen.”

Dan Morrell, Carbon Gold co-founder is attending the Climate Week event in New York and working with the Maldivian government to rally support for biochar. He comments:

“We are at critical juncture for the adoption of biochar as tool in the battle against climate change. Only with accreditation of biochar into the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism will we be able to realize the full potential of this nascent technology.

Biochar is the only technology that enables us to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and, by ploughing it into the ground, improve soil fertility. However it will only help to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide if it is sustainably produced. Projects must adhere to strict sustainability, biodiversity and environmental standards and improve the prosperity of the communities involved.”

Biochar, a charcoal produced through pyrolysis, is rich in carbon and can be mixed with organic material to act as a soil amendment. It contributes to three Millennium Development Goals: combating desertification; sequestering atmospheric CO2; and maintaining biodiversity hotspots. An extremely stable substance, biochar also has the potential to lock up its carbon content for thousands of years. When mixed with poor quality soils, it reduces nitrous oxide and methane emissions and helps improve soil structure. The Maldives has partnered with Carbon Gold, the world’s leading biochar project developer, to implement multiple biochar projects across the country’s agricultural islands.

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Note to editors:

Carbon Gold (http://www.carbon-gold.com) was established in September 2007 to be the leading developer of sustainable biochar production. Carbon Gold’s aim is to mitigate climate change and contribute to improved soil fertility through the development of biochar projects in the UK and around the world which stabilise the carbon contained in surplus biomass and remove it from the carbon cycle by locking it away in the soil. These projects convert sustainably produced agricultural and forestry waste that would otherwise be left to rot or burn, into biochar to improve soil fertility in the region and act as an effective carbon sink. The company was founded by Craig Sams, founder of Green and Black’s Chocolate and Daniel Morrell, founder of The Carbon Neutral Company.

SOURCE Carbon Gold

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