Welcome to the ecoBlog...

...and thank you for making your way here! We are starting this blog for two purposes:  

  1. We want to share why we are doing what we are doing at ecoLocked – and how, because we all know: developing and growing a carbon removal business is anything but straightforward.
  2. We want to synthesize the science around biochar carbon removal and concrete decarbonization, which is still largely in bits and pieces, translate it into digestible language, and thereby contribute to informed, reflective, and fruitful discussions.

What you will read about in this blog

Over the past > 2 years, we have spent considerable time diving deeper and deeper into the rapidly evolving ecosystem around carbon dioxide removal (CDR) in general and biochar specifically. We spoke with researchers, biowaste owners, pyrolysis technology developers, biocarbon producers, traders, and, of course, dozens of existing and potential biocarbon users. We met with CDR project developers, MRV providers (measurement,reporting, and verification), CDR marketplaces, facilitators and other players offering a myriad of related services such as life cycle assessments (LCAs).

We participated in a carbon removal accelerator, partnered with environmental associations and understood the key differences between European, North American, and other (regulatory) ecosystems. And, of course, we interviewed hundreds of construction industry players – cement and concrete producers, additive producers, groundworkers, general contractors, architects, real estate developers, municipalities, and policymakers. Finally, we turned the key insights from those conversations into technology and market hypotheses and tested those with investors from across the world.

What we want to share here is what we have learned on this journey so far, hoping that we can give back a little to all those who lent us their time. ecoLocked’s purpose is to maximize the amount of carbon that is removed through biochar carbon removal (BCR) and safely locked away for centuries – and we believe that the built environment is the best place to do so. To achieve that, we need to work hand in hand with all ecosystems involved: biowaste/biochar, carbon removal, and construction. So let’s build a new value chain for carbon-negative materials– and turn cities into giant carbon sinks!