Offset the UN Emissions Gap: Remove 23Gt of CO2 per year with Industrial Hemp

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Hemp Can Offset CO2 Emissions, Close the UN Emissions Gap

The United Nations has warned that the world is currently on a trajectory to warm by 2.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. To avoid catastrophic consequences of climate change, we need to close the UN Emissions Gap of 23 gigatonnes CO2 per year. The good news is that industrial hemp has the potential to play a significant role in closing this gap.

Industrial hemp is a versatile crop that can be used for a wide range of purposes, from textiles and building materials to food and biofuels. Unlike other crops, it can grow in a wide range of climates and soil types, requires little water and no pesticides, and can be harvested in just a few months.

What is Carbon Offset?

One of the most promising uses of industrial hemp is as a carbon offset mechanism. Carbon offset is the process of taking CO2 from the atmosphere to compensate for CO2 released elsewhere. Hemp absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through a process called carbon sequestration. The plant takes in CO2 during photosynthesis and stores it in its biomass, leaves, and roots. In fact, hemp has been shown to absorb up to four times more CO2 per hectare than trees.

Moreover, hemp can be used to make a wide range of carbon-neutral or carbon-negative products. For example, hempcrete, a building material made from hemp hurds, lime, and water, has a negative carbon footprint because it absorbs more CO2 than it emits during its production and use. Similarly, hemp-based biofuels emit significantly less CO2 than fossil fuels.

Human emissions less plant and ocean benefits less current unconditional commitments leaving us with the emissions gap of 23Gt per year.

If we were to grow industrial hemp at scale, it could potentially remove a significant amount of CO2 from the atmosphere and help us close the UN Emissions Gap. According to independent research, growing hemp on just 6% of the arable land in the United States could sequester enough carbon to offset the country’s entire annual CO2 emissions.

Of course, growing industrial hemp at scale is not without its challenges. There are still legal and logistical barriers to overcome, particularly in countries where hemp cultivation is prohibited or heavily regulated. However, as more countries legalise and embrace industrial hemp, we could see significant progress in closing the UN Emissions Gap.

Hemp is the Carbon Offset Gamechanger

Industrial hemp has the potential to be a game-changer in the fight against climate change. It’s a versatile and sustainable crop that can be used to make a wide range of carbon-neutral or carbon-negative products, and it has the power to remove significant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. If we invest in the cultivation and production of industrial hemp at scale, we could make significant progress in closing the UN Emissions Gap and securing a sustainable future for our planet.

The Tao Climate Platform is bringing together value creators across the hemp and carbon lifecycles. We’re making it easy for growers and makers to work together, capturing and sequestering massive volumes of CO2 all over the world, and making sustainable housing and infrastructure with the carbon we capture. Our vision is to close the UN Emissions Gap by building a better world. Join us.

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2,000 ha delivering net gain of 30,000 mt soil-captured hemp carbon. Potential opportunity for 150,000 mt carbon credits/annum.