Carbon Removal

6,500

farmers trained

350,000

kg of biochar made

1.8 million kg of eCO2 averted

15.6 million km not driven

How Can You Help?

Biochar Life makes it easy for you to offset your carbon footprint and at the same time have a meaningful social impact. You can buy our Carbon-sink and social impact certificates right here with a simple click. Your purchase not only reduces the CO2 emitted; it also removes the CO2 from the atmosphere! Beyond these durable, long-term environmental benefits, your purchase provides immediate social benefits (improved health, new jobs and new income) to the once excluded smallholder farmers of the developing world.

Offset your carbon footprint and improve lives

Biochar Life makes it easy for you to offset your carbon footprint and at the same time have a meaningful social impact.

Join our Farmer Partners

We are looking for partners that have been working with groups of smallholder farmers throughout the world. 

Proceeds distributed to those who deserve it the most!

Smallholder farmers and local resources:  75%

Administration & support: 15%

Future project development, children’s home and education: 10%

Our Impact

We all need to play a role in addressing climate change. As shared in the Paris Agreement, we MUST remove
CO2 forever along with reducing emissions to ensure a healthy planet.

Environment

Permit rapid removal of CO2
and sequester
for 100's years

Economic

Help smallholder farmers help themselves by earning extra income

Health

Save lives by reducing PM2.5
emissions

Equality

Income and gender equality, fair and equal hiring practices, jobs and income for the once excluded

Community

Create community jobs, use profits to care for and educate children

Our Solution

Biochar Life provides a reliable and scalable solution that works with smallholder farmers to create biochar from waste biomass instead of burning it.

Biochar endures in the soil for 100s of years.

Monitoring, reporting and verification

Robust platform
and
standards

Dedicated team for
compliance
+ verification

3rd Party
analysis
+ verification

See our farmers and team in action

Visit Our Task.io Project Site for real-time view of our farmers
and teams in action.

10 Years

experience in biochar

Our experience

Biochar Life and Warm Heart Worldwide have been teaching farmers how to make biochar for over 10 years. Our trainings and projects have been funded by: the American, Canadian and Swiss governments as well as thousands of individual donors from around the world.

  • Accredited by Ithaka Institute
  • International Biochar Initiative Trainings
  • US State Department Grants (Thailand, Africa)
  • Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Grant
  • Swiss Embassy in Bangkok Grant
  • Shangri-La Hotel CSR program
  • Public Donations
  • Warm Heart Worldwide was awarded
    the 2017 World Energy Award for
    Thailand

Our Team

country managers

Aom Kwanpirom Suksri

Thailand
 

Sylvester G. Chiweza

Malawi
 

Mercy Awuoro Ogembo

Kenya
 

Abedi Sam Bawa

Ghana

global leadership

Jason Highberger

CEO (Acting)
 

James Greenberg

Board Member,  Partnerships and Financing
 
 

Sister Miriam Paulette

Strategic Advisor & Liaison, Africa

Dr. Michael Shafer

Biochar Science & Methodologies
 

Dr. Dana Brown

Strategic Advisor, Warm Heart Board Representation

Evelind Schecter

Accounting & Compliance
 
 

 Our accredited solution and platform use the Ithaka Institute’s European Biochar Certification as adapted for Tropical Farmers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Biochar Life is a Public Benefit Corporation registered in the State of Delaware, an impact venture of Warm Heart Worldwide (“Warm Heart'').  Warm Heart is a registered 501 c. 3 tax exempt nonprofit in the United States and has partner charities registered in Thailand and Africa.  As a Public Benefit Corporation, Biochar Life is required to report its results relative to its stated mission (taken from Warm Heart). Biochar Life is owned and controlled by Warm Heart to ensure the ongoing support for Warm Heart’s mission to support smallholder farmers and communities.

The majority of the proceeds goes into the hands of smallholder farmers and employees who are hired from the local community.  On average, 75% is distributed to the farmers and community.  15% is used for administration and support.  The remaining 10% is used for future project development or to support our children’s homes.  

Our solution is built upon the Task.io’s platform which uses the Stellar blockchain network and capabilities.  When we record data from our biochar processes using Task.io’s cell phone app, they are committed to the blockchain to ensure the data is permanent and publicly available.

 

We have established a new e-token called Stop the Smoke (“STS”) that is created each time we evaluate and calculate the Carbon-sink amount of CO2 removed by our farmers and reported on the blockchain. Publicly on the blockchain, our Carbon-sink and social impact certificate files are incorporated into unique NFTs which reference the respective STS token amounts and the details of our farmer’s activities. Anyone can check these NFTs for links to the actual verification of farmers’ biochar production and use.

We use the European Biochar Certification standard developed by Ithaka Institute adapted for Tropical farmers. (We refer to them as smallholders.)  The EBC standard dictates emission considerations by biochar feedstock and other requirements to determine the amount of carbon sinked.  The Carbon-sink value that Biochar Life records in its certificates includes the anticipated biological degradation carbon in the biochar over 100 years (C-sink100). Biochar Life certificates are, in other words, already priced for 100-year durability.

 

Our calculations include emission expenditures from the pyrolysis and processing of the biochar, transportation, or post-production expenditures.  Our calculation considers CH4 emission compensation benefits from the prevention of open field burning, which emits large amounts of CH4 (methane) into the atmosphere or planting of trees to compensate for the CH4 emissions generated from low-tech pyrolysis equipment.  We include an emissions contingency factor of 10%.  We calculate “additionality” based on the elimination of open field burning for the biomass that is made into biochar.

 

Over time, we will continue to update our solution and calculations to ensure the most accurate Carbon sink impact.

 

The farmer or Biochar Life team members record all activities using the Task.io blockchain system. We have organized the activities into four (4) major steps: Biochar produced, biochar received, chemical analysis and biochar use (how the biochar is used once produced, that is whether buried or applied as fertilizer or mixed into animal feed). In each step, relevant data, pictures, and/or video are captured to provide verification of the activity.


We use local university labs to perform independent analysis of farmers' biochar. The analysis includes carbon content and other key chemical attributes. The report and data points are stored in the Task.io activity record for retrieval and auditing purposes.


Whenever a new activity is formally recorded in the Task.io blockchain, a Biochar Life team member verifies the entry. Once the data is added to the blockchain it cannot be changed. See the following article from Task.io regarding storing data on the blockchain.

Yes.  Warm Heart instituted fair and equal hiring practices from the moment we started 13 years ago. The Biochar Projects with Warm Heart and Biochar Life have gender and income equality as primary social aims through job creation for the poor and the creation of new income streams in rural communities.  

 

The feedstock used to make the biochar includes agricultural waste after a farmer’s harvest. Currently, we use corn cob, corn stalks and tree branches which would typically be burnt in the open field. Without the financial incentive to make and use biochar, we believe farmers would continue to conduct open field burning.  

 

By rule, only biochar that is buried, used as a soil amendment or in animal feed qualifies for payment. Farmers must show the final use of any char for which they wish to be compensated on the blockchain using photos, videos, and/or receipts. Our team and/or 3rd party verifiers make unannounced, random checks to ensure that the biochar actually sequesters CO2 for the long-term

 

Please click here for the latest version of our solutions, methods and procedure document.

 

 

Offset your carbon footprint

Biochar Life makes it easy for you to offset your carbon footprint and at the same time have a meaningful social impact.

Join our Farmer Partners today

We are looking for partners that have been working with groups of smallholder farmers throughout the world.