Decarbonisation and sustainable farming are both hot topics just now and one of Sky East UK’s businesses is application of technology to reprocess organic waste to environmentally beneficial soil enhancer – Easychar.
Easychar belongs to biochar family. It is soil amendment for both carbon sequestration and soil health benefits. It contains a high proportion of extremely stable carbon, and so sustainable production of biochar can be a significant, viable Negative Emissions Technology for mitigating human-induced climate change.
A wide range of organic wastes can be reprocessed to Easychar such as pomace, draff, different fruit and berry pulp, grass or even banana trunks.
"Our business model contemplates installation of compact Easychar producing machine right at the waste generating place and reprocesses waste on site," explains Maxim Balakarev, director of the company.
"Sky East UK crosses the Easychar project and banana businesses. We are planning to equip some of our associated farms with Easychar machines in 2021 to reprocess organic waste available at farms to Easychar. When applied to the soil Easychar will build up the soil’s fertility, make farming more sustainable and eco-friendlier."
It is well known fact that application of biochar to tropical soils brings the best effect. The strongest evidence of the beneficial effects of char additions to soils are in the terra preta soils of the northern Amazon, where - through native land management - dark, highly fertile soils with very high levels of both stable (char) carbon and organic carbon were established and remain today, thousands of years later.
"To encourage businesses to apply our technology we introduced 'CO2 responsible farming' label for food and drink producers who convert their waste to Easychar. The 'CO2 responsible farming' label – is a proof that a supplier makes efforts to save the planet.
"We strongly believe that using Easychar would eventually help to decrease the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and it will be an important step towards saving our planet."
According to Maxim the technology is not just eco-friendly – it is environmentally-recovering.
If the technology is applied properly, banana trunk waste left from packing 5000 banana boxes can save around 4.6 MT of CO2 from being emitted to the atmosphere. This is approximately the same amount of CO2 that 1 average car produces a year.
In 2021 Sky East UK are planning to introduce this label to the European market and hope that their efforts will be noticed by customers.