Carbon Removal Project

Varaha - Banni Biochar

Varaha's biochar project addresses the ecological impact of invasive Prosopis juliflora across Rajasthan and Gujarat, India. Through an artisanal method, biochar production transforms this invasive species into a soil amendment, sequestering CO2 emissions and promoting grassland restoration.

CARBON Removal Method

Biochar

REMOVAL TYPE

Engineered

Location

India

Launched

2023

Vintage year

2023-2042

Varaha - Banni Biochar

Overview

Operating in Rajasthan and Gujarat, Varaha's Biochar CSI initiative extracts Prosopis juliflora from Banni Grassland Reserve and village common lands. Utilizing artisanal methods, biochar is produced, providing a sustainable solution to the invasive species issue. The project collaborates with local communities, NGO Sahjeevan, and agricultural company Sajeevan Organics, sequestering emissions, generating economic value for pastoralists, and promoting transparent biochar application.

Source: Varaha
Varaha - Banni Biochar

Highlight

Varaha's Biochar project, in partnership with Sahjeevan and Sajeevan Organics, pioneers sustainable solutions. The project has more than 3,000 tons of CO2e sequestered and generated approximately 200,000$ of economic value for the community so far. The biochar is estimated to have a H/C ratio of <0.3 and a carbon content >80%.

  • Carbon Standard International - this organisation sets guidelines and standards of good practice in biochar, where Veraha's Biochar credits are registered.
Varaha - Banni Biochar

About

Varaha, a carbon project developer empowered by technology, focuses on smallholder economies in the global south. The company passionately advocates for Natural Climate Solutions such as regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, and biochar. Employing an end-to-end approach, Varaha ensures that benefits from their initiatives are distributed equitably among land stewards, nurturing sustainability and climate resilience. Beyond the projects, Varaha maintains an unwavering commitment to excellence in monitoring, reporting, and verification practices. Their unique integration of advanced technologies, including remote sensing and bio-geo-chemical models, establishes a benchmark for unparalleled quality.

Thanks to Klimate and climate champions in developed economies our projects can sequester greenhouse gases and also empower smallholders to increase their resiliency, income, and independence. With their support, we can strengthen food and water security for growing populations in the face of climate change.


Ikarus Janzen
Chief Commercial Officer
Varaha - Banni Biochar

Vision

In pursuit of its vision, Varaha sees a future where smallholder communities prosper in the face of climate challenges. The company dedicates itself to empowering these communities through inventive Natural Climate Solutions, fostering a sustainable harmony with nature. Varaha aspires to assert itself as a global leader in technology-driven climate action, playing a pivotal role in instigating positive change for communities and the planet at large.

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