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The Earth Partners on Conservation Biomass

  1. 1. Introduction to Conservation Biomass<br />CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  2. 2. About The Earth Partners<br /><ul><li>Project development and financing to restore land
  3. 3. Soil scientists, engineers, finance professionals, and biomass and carbon market developers
  4. 4. Focused on restoration to create bio-energy value chains
  5. 5. We are sourcing, processing, conducting technical analysis, financing, and delivering bioenergy purchase agreements</li></ul>CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  6. 6. The Earth Partners is a partnership with AES and Brinkman<br />Applied Ecological Services (AES) <br /><ul><li>One of the largest ecological restoration firm since 1975
  7. 7. Over 200 technical and restoration and research staff in 9 offices, working on >700 projects annually in grasslands, savannas, and many other ecosystems
  8. 8. Owner/operator of one of the largest native plant nurseries in the USA and elsewhere</li></ul>Brinkman & Associates<br /><ul><li>One of the largest reforestation companies in the world
  9. 9. Reforested over a million hectares of forest
  10. 10. Manages over a million hectares of forest in Canada and the tropics
  11. 11. Developed the 2 million acre Lax Kw’alaams First Nation-(BC) biomass project</li></ul>CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  12. 12. Conservation is unique because it bundles bioenergy, land restoration, and environmental assets (e.g., carbon, water)<br />What is conservation biomass?<br />Degraded/marginal land?<br /><ul><li>Restores degraded/marginal agricultural land through growing native species and removing invasives
  13. 13. This biomass is sustainably harvested and processed as a bioenergy feedstock
  14. 14. Co-benefits include improved water quality, flood-damage benefits, improved wildlife habitat, and reduced land management/operational costs
  15. 15. Land with environmental/crop production risk such as flood-prone areas
  16. 16. Poor erodible soils, deteriorating hydric soils, and saline/sodic soils</li></ul>CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  17. 17. Conservation Biomass in the Midwest<br />Multiple revenue sources from conservation biomass projects<br />Bioenergy for heat and power, or a future liquid fuel market<br />Carbon credits from soil carbon (as markets develop)<br />Payments for improved water quality and flood risk mitigation, hunting leases, wetland banking, etc.<br />Marginal agricultural lands grow diverse, flood-tolerant ecosystems <br />Willow<br />Cattails<br />Native Plants<br />CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  18. 18. Conservation biomass: understanding the relationship between bioenergy, land restoration, and carbon<br />With bioenergy production…<br />From marginal, degraded land…<br />To productive, healthy land…<br />CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and re-assimilated into soils through a) precipitation reaching the ground as carbonic acid binds with carbonates and contributes to inorganic carbon soil levels, b) photosynthetic activity of plants as root matter dies annually contributing soil organic carbon, and c) reduced soil erosion to protect carbon stocks<br />CO2 is released from the soils to the atmosphere and waterways through a) soil disturbances from tillage and fertilization, b) soil erosion, and c) oxidation of dewatered former-wetland soils now planted to crops or used for land development<br />CO2<br />CO2<br />The productive native plant species used to restore land are harvested as bioenergy crops, a cycle which is repeated over time to further build up soil carbon levels and restore soil, hydrology, biodiversity, and water quality.<br />And carbon value<br />Soils with low or declining amounts of carbon (tons/acre)<br />Soils with high or increasing amounts of carbon (tons/acre)<br />Measurement and monitoring of this increased soil carbon produces a carbon-neutral bioenergy source and potential monetizable carbon credits<br /><ul><li>Depleted eroded soils
  19. 19. Dewatered hydrology
  20. 20. Weedy species/sparse annual crops
  21. 21. Healthy, stable soils
  22. 22. Restored hydrology
  23. 23. Locally suited productive plant species</li></ul>CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  24. 24. Conservation Biomass Addresses Sustainability Policy Factors<br /><ul><li>An important renewable energy to support security polices
  25. 25. Conservation biomass production is aligned with important co-benefits (e.g., land restoration, carbon neutrality)</li></ul>Energy policy<br /><ul><li>Conservation biomass doesn’t displace food production
  26. 26. Conservation biomass is produced on sub-optimal food production lands
  27. 27. Conservation biomass improves soil and water health and increases land productivity</li></ul>Food-vs-fuel<br /><ul><li>Unlike fossil fuels, conservation biomass is carbon-neutral because the above-ground biomass is regrown after each harvest
  28. 28. Conservation biomass can create a large carbon asset because of net increases in soil carbon from restoration</li></ul>Carbon neutrality<br />CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  29. 29. TEP will utilize its Soil Carbon Quantification Methodology to measure, monitor, and verify any carbon credits<br /><ul><li>Soil carbon is the second largest living carbon sink on earth
  30. 30. The method is measurement/performance based, not based on models and hypothetical literature numbers
  31. 31. Tested on over 60 restoration, conservation, and agricultural projects in North, Central, South American; New Zealand, Europe, etc.
  32. 32. Tracks all carbon stocks, including above-ground, below-ground, soil, litter, deadwood, end-product (livestock, energy, etc)
  33. 33. Simple and efficient modular form
  34. 34. Allows for complex baselines
  35. 35. Cost effective implementation through stratification
  36. 36. The method will serve as the basis for several of the recent Conservation Innovation Grants by USDA</li></ul>Why this is important <br />Type of projects<br />Advantages<br />Work-to-date<br />CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  37. 37. TEP and POET’s Conservation Biomass Partnership <br /><ul><li>TEP, AES, and POET have developed a partnership to promote conservation biomass
  38. 38. TEP will supply conservation biomass to POET’s solid fuel boiler
  39. 39. TEP’s pilots are focused on creating environmentally sensitive, cost-effective, and high quality bioenergy products
  40. 40. This opportunity can transform marginal agricultural lands to create significant environmental benefits</li></ul>We’ve explored with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) the potential for generating conservation biomass at Broken Kettle Grasslands from restoration practices such as clearing of woody encroachment from grasslands and planting native vegetation on floodplain lands<br />CONFIDENTIAL<br />
  41. 41. Thank you.<br />For more information, contact Chas Taylor at<br />