Soil Carbon Removal and Biodiversity Benefits by Farmers in Germany


Carbon Removal

Technology-based Carbon Capture and Storage

Regenerative agriculture stores CO₂ from the atmosphere in the soil and increases soil quality in the process - a win for the climate, consumers, producers, and the food-retail industry. Carbon is removed by increasing carbon density in the soil and via permanent vegetation such as hedges.

Soil Carbon Removal and Biodiversity Benefits by Farmers in Germany

Regenerative agriculture is one of the most potent solutions to fight climate change.

Almost a quarter of all global emissions today are caused by agriculture and forestry. Agricultural activities such as livestock and food production, as well as land-use change, water use, and deforestation, release significant amounts of greenhouse gases such as CO₂, methane, and nitrous oxide, contributing to global warming and destroying natural ecosystems. The consequences of these activities are also noticeable on our doorsteps.

Further, unsustainable agricultural practices such as overuse of fertilizers and intensive tillage can lead to soil degradation, which reduces the soil's ability to store carbon and releases stored carbon into the atmosphere.

On the other hand, our soils are the second largest carbon sink in the world and can hold more carbon than the atmosphere and all plants combined! The topsoil layer, known as humus, consists of 60% carbon.

By transitioning to regenerative agriculture with Klim’s support, farmers in Germany are utilizing and enhancing the soil's potential as a carbon sink, sequestering atmospheric CO₂ (up to 11 gigatonnes each year, which is 80% of the needed yearly negative emissions) and permanently storing it in the soil - where it belongs and has far-reaching benefits.

Solving the climate crisis, food security, and biodiversity loss

In addition to eliminating climate-damaging emissions, regenerative methods have numerous additional benefits. They improve biodiversity and support the rebuilding of soil organic matter, improving its fertility and water-storage capacity. This results in more resilient and nutrient-rich yields and will thus make farms more profitable and climate resilient in the long run, and our food healthier.

Klim and regenerative agriculture contribute to seven SDGs in total and focus on improving agricultural soils and, thus, food production on our doorstep. By purchasing Klim credits, companies can support farmers within the region they operate in.

Transparent monitoring and traceability

The Klim methodology is validated by TÜV Rheinland according to DIN-ISO 14064.2. Using this methodology, Klim tracks and verifies farm practice changes that lead to Carbon Removals. Specifically, soil carbon sequestration is realized through improved crop rotations, also in combination with organic fertilization, and reduced degradation of soil organic carbon stocks (SOC) compared to baseline, in accordance with VCS 0042.

The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future".
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