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Sustainability

Interra Energy’s core business is the production of a product called biochar, but we don’t stop there. We look at environmental problems holistically and have designed our entire business around the “cradle-to-cradle” concept. Our process revolves around using waste biomass to create biochar for use within sustainable agriculture practices, which will create waste biomass and thus complete the sustainable loop.

Interra’s purpose is to ensure that the emense benefits of biochar production and use are realized in each and every activity we affect. Below is a organized list of some of these benefits broadly categorized for easier digestion.

 

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Improved soil fertility
  • Less fossil-fuel based fertilizers required in agricultural activities
  • Higher cation exchange capacity in soil
  • Greater on-farm profitability
  • Less nutrient runoff in agricultural activities
 

Climate Change

  • Locks atmospheric carbon back into the earth, counteracting the carbon extraction done with fossil fuels
  • Reduces the need for fossil-fuel based energy
  • Substantially less methane and NOx emissions than composting and land filling practices
  • Combats¬†desertification
  • Increases agricultural lands capacity to deal with effects of climate change
  • Clean, efficient, and renewable biomass energy production with “waste” biomass
  • Combined heat, power, and cooling from the Interra Forge operation
  • Potential for liquid fuel, electricity, and/or hydrogen production
 

Social Benefits

  • Job creation with local ownership rights
  • Low cost means of water purification in developing countries
  • Alternative to slash-and-burn agricultural
  • Can be financed through carbon markets and offsets
 

Waste Recycling

  • Diverts organic waste from landfills
  • Can use wide variety of feedstocks, including “waste” biomass products
  • Provides profitable additional activity for existing composting operations