COOPERATING FOR THE PROSPERITY OF PEOPLE AND PLANET

We are on a mission to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, restore degraded land using the carbon component of the earth, remineralise soils, save the climate with natural solutions, bring sustainable opportunities within reach of rural farmers and refugees

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ABOUT US

We are a Dutch Cooperative of entrepreneurs. For the last 20 years, our members have developed innovative solutions for the production of renewable energy, permanent capture and storage of CO2, regenerative farming and smart capital management. With the incorporation of Fairchar Cooperative, our body of knowledge and solutions have finally merged into one single service: carbon2soil

 

CARBON2SOIL

Bundled services for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Bring farmers on poor land, local entrepreneurs in Africa together with EU companies that have a CO2 duty of care (CO2 negative) in a healthy business environment. Then you have a Fairchar carbon2soil centre. The centre is owned and operated by a Fairchar entrepreneur in residence in tandem with a local entrepreneur. The centre provides local small holders with an holistic approach to regenerative agriculture and carbon farming. For agribusiness, it provides the necessary training, soil enhancement products and tools to restore currently depleted land and prepare it to a multi-crop business. For Carbon farming, it provides training and pyrolisis technology to transform residual crops' biomass into 4 by-products while offsetting relevant amount of CO2 for good. The centre interacts with 200 small holders over 400 hectares in 4 years.
The carbon2soil practice makes a substantial contribution to the achievement of fourteen (14) of the eighteen (18) UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Regenerative Agricolture

Our regenerative agriculture practice is based on soil analysis, crops selection and rotation and production of the soil enhancer BioNPK: a mix of biochar and organic matter in specific proportions dependent on the quality of the soil. Carbon2soil regenerative agriculture provides an effective Climate Change Adaptation solution: transforming something that is currently generating a cost for society and no value for farmers (biomass waste and depleted land) into something of high value for the farmers (more cash flows) and a climate mitigation agent for society (biochar). By simply using excessive biomass in the right way, farmers will not only significantly reduce GHG emission but improve the quality of their land so to make it resilient to climate change. The consequent restored land and acquired land regenerative practices will improve farmer's wellbeing, wealth and food security as well as inclusion

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Carbon Farming

Farmers joining carbon2soil program, will supply the residual flows of food crops and biomass to the center which will control biomass flows for their origin (preventing logging). With the innovative, small-scale technology of Nettenergy (NL), the biomass is converted into:

biochar, enriched charcoal full of nutrients and effective water retainer during dry seasons;

syngas, that can be converted in electricity to satisfy local needs;

wood vinegar, as organic pesticide and soil enhancer;

bio-oil, which can be sold as fuel.

The farmers receive the BioNPK back and they process in their land as sol enhancer. The carbon farming is a very cost-effective Climate Change Mitigation solution which can be scalable in a relative short term period

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Carbon Funding

Fairchar organise the carbon2soil service as a multi-stakeholder business system. We take care of the funding, capital allocation and cash management in order to maximise the returns and minimise the cost of CO2 offsetting for our stakeholders. The Carbon Funding tools and framework have been developed in a way so to minimise complexity for the farmers and make the carbon2soil centers easily scalable and replicable. The carbon2soil centre operates as crops and biomass aggregator and collector. Recorded Crops and by-products are then marketed and sold at wholesale or at local market. Revenues are fairly redistributed among all participants according the set of rules agreed. Fairchar Carbon Funding makes it possible to create sustainable businesses whilst providing effective climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions

 

ACADEMY

We provide a series of services preparatory to any carbon2soil centre. Fairchar Academy also offers consultancy and training for those individuals who want to deepen their knowledge in carbon2soil

Scouting

We have strict rules of engagement for our local partners. Trust, passion and commitment are our man rules.

Training

Prior to any project we train entrepreneurs about carbon2soil functioning. Our entrepreneurs are empowered for the long term

Mentoring

We are a cooperative at hearth. All our members are there to help entrepreneurs to make their carbon2soil centre sustainable. We cooperate especially during the early stage of the project

Consultancy

Our academy is open to any individual and institution willing to deepen their knowledge n carbon2soil and potentially become a partner or a member

 

TEAM

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BOUDEWIJN KLAVERSTEIIJN

Founder & Board Member

Founding father of Fairchar and creator of carbon2soil process. As innovator and coach, Boudewijn has helped more than 20 entrepreneurs to get their idea off the ground. He provides in depth knowledge in CO2 processing and sequestration, renewable energy project engineering

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PIM DE BOKX

CEO & Co-founder

Serial entrepreneur and business incubator developer. Pim is an enthusiastic impact leader, helping dozens of African entrepreneurs. He provides the necessary experience in setting up and running innovative companies

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KUNO BUYZE

Co-founder & Board Member

Executive consultant with broad experience in investment engineering for sustainable energy infrastructures. Kuno provides down-to-earth approach, combined with the technical insight of the engineer and change manager plus the market feeling of the international business developer

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ERASMO DI CANOSA

Co-founder & Board Member

Entrepreneur and startup consultant, he combines financial expertise with business innovation. Erasmo provides in depth knowledge of smart capital management and multi-stakeholder business systems

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JAN WILLEM VAN ES

Carbon2soil Jinja

Meaningful impact entrepreneur, Jan Willem provides a unique experience and knowledge in regenerative farming. He is the entrepreneur in residence for our Jinja project

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ADAM ALHAJ

Carbon2soil Kiryandongo

Passionate entrepreneur trained by the Fairchar Academy. He provides local intelligence and experience with farmers. Entrepreneur in residence for our Kiryandongo project

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WALTER DE MILLIANO, PhD

Plant pathologist and crop specialist

Leading authority in plant pathologies and crop optimisation. Walter proficient research activity is focused crop breeding and optimisation in rural Africa

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ROB VASBINDER

Pyrolysis and Biomass to Energy Engineering

Inventor of the PyroFlash technology to convert biomass into biochar, pyrolysis oil, pyroligneous acid and woodgas, backbone of our Carbon Farming

 

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