What does CARE (India)
is a young company, incorporated in December 2006. It seeks to lead the world
in maximising the economic value of biomass by the economic and safe
sequestration of carbon and the powerful application of sustainably produced
charcoal, oils and gases.
Where is CARE (India)
company’s main office is in Blenheim, Marlborough,
New Zealand. We
are also registered in Australia
and the UK.
What is the global opportunity CARE (India)
seemingly insatiable need to dump vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the
atmosphere is turning our home into a hothouse world. We’ve now wrested control
of the climate, taking our planet out of its comfort zone. Of all the
greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most significant.
Unfortunately, CO2 is
being emitted at an increasing rate, rising some 3.3% per year, and has now hit
the heady heights of 386 parts per million (ppm) in the atmosphere and rising.
If you want more detail on the science, you can read the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change Fourth Assessment Reportfor
free on the
science behind climate change. The practical upshot is we need to make better
use of the carbon we have and get the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
down, and fast. Green technologies will help the world makes the transition to
a low carbon economy. The market is enormous, with one
recent estimate suggesting
green tech in China
alone may be worth up to $1 trillion a year.
Who are the directors?
directors of the company would be made known in a need to know basis
Climate change has happened in the past, what’s
is no doubt climate change has happened in the past. The critical difference is
the forces that drove past changes are different to today. If the world was
left to its own devices it should now be cooling down.
looking into the past it’s clear we’re on thin ice. The air we breathe contains
a level of carbon dioxide not seen for at least 800,000 years and may be
unprecedented for as long as 3 million years. We’re now seeing changes that are
without precedent for thousands of years. Our planet’s history tells us of the
risks we face.
little more greenhouse gas in the air does not cause a little change in
climate; our planet has one set of feedbacks built on another. A bit of warming
can cause a cascade of unintended consequences. With an ever-warming planet,
the Earth’s ability to soak up greenhouse gases is already lessening, causing
yet more warming. If there’s one thing we can learn from the past it’s that the
world can change at a moment’s notice. When we’ll reach the tipping point is
anyone’s guess but we must be getting close.
Why can’t we just trap carbon dioxide direct from power
stations and bury it deep underground?
technology now exists to capture carbon dioxide direct from any major source
emitting the gas, such as power plants, and store the gas underground; an
approach commonly referred to Carbon Capture and Storage (or CCS). A number of
options are available to store the gas below the surface, including saline
aquifers, existing oil and gas fields, and unmineable coal seams.
there are still major problems with this approach. Not only are there real
concerns that captured gases may escape back to the atmosphere, but CCS only
deals with greenhouse gas emissions produced by large single sources, such as
power stations. Although these represent up to 60% of global emissions of
carbon dioxide, this still leaves 40% of the problem escaping to the
this wasn’t enough, CCS won’t become commercially available for at least
another decade and can only capture carbon dioxide being released in the
future; it does nothing to claw back the CO2 that is already in
this wasn’t enough, the cost of carbon dioxide capture and sequestration is
How can nature help?
photosynthesis, plants are remarkably efficient absorbers of carbon dioxide.
One approach is therefore to utilise natural sinks for sequestering carbon.
Forests are one possibility. The potential of the terrestrial biosphere is
enormous. Just look at the figures. Each year we emit 8 billion tonnes of
carbon. In contrast, 120 billion tonnes of carbon are sucked out of the
atmosphere each year by photosynthesis on land. Unfortunately for us, all of
this is pretty much returned to the atmosphere through respiration and
decomposition of plant material.
we reforest land that has been cleared, the amount of carbon stored on the
surface would increase, drawing down carbon dioxide levels. The world’s forests
are under considerable threat from unsustainable land conversions, with
deforestation currently contributing some 25% of all human-made carbon dioxide
emissions. Any initiative that would lead to an increase in their coverage can
only be a good outcome for our future, the environment and help stop climate
change. But this can only take us so far. We need to take some excess 200
billion tonnes of carbon out of the atmosphere and there just isn’t enough
available land to reforest.