A high impact carbon contribution for your business Capitalize on carbon credits with multiple co-benefits.
The impact of Horizom Significant carbon capture
A bamboo plantation quickly and massively sequesters carbon. In addition, the biomaterials produced also make it possible to store carbon in the long term. Finally, by substituting carbon materials such as steel or concrete, emissions will be avoided.
Conducted according to the principles of agroecology, the cultivation of bamboo quickly restores the natural fertility of the soil. It is a perennial crop requiring few inputs and which generates a significant flow of carbon-rich organic matter to the soil. Its extremely dense root network offers an ideal habitat for soil fauna, allowing a rapid return of biological life, a real driver of fertility. Bamboo also has the ability to clean up soils by absorbing certain organic or compound pollutants such as heavy metals.
A bamboo plantation provides a suitable habitat for many animal species (insects, birds, mammals). Bamboo is particularly an ideal refuge during nesting periods. It allows the maintenance of ecological corridors when crops are no longer in place, in winter and during harvest. Harvesting is done in strips (no clear cutting), which helps maintain a plant cover throughout the year.
Restoration of the water cycle
A bamboo grove improves water quality by filtering and degrading pollution. It limits runoff and therefore soil erosion by intercepting part of the precipitation and favoring infiltration.
Thus, a bamboo grove participates in recharging ground- water. The leaf mulch that accumulates under the bamboo collects and retains moisture, while reducing the rate of evaporation.
Farmers are not remunerated for the services they provide (food, health, biodiversity, fight against climate change).
In France, nearly 50% of them will retire in the next 10 years. Only 1 out of 3 will be replaced. Maintaining our agricultural foundations is a major issue since it is the pillar of our food sovereignty. Bamboo is a profitable and resilient diversification that makes it possible to sustain operations. Economic
We need to decarbonize our economy and produce locally and sustainably.
Bamboo is a profitable, renewable crop that produces biomass, an essential raw material for a low-carbon economy. Due to its local character, the bamboo sector allows us to reindustrialize our territories and generates many direct and indirect jobs. How to finance a bamboo grove?
Horizom designs a tailor-made plantation with a partner farmer.
Horizom calculates the capture potential of the bamboo stand over 20 years using recognized methodologies.
Horizom has the carbon credits certified by an approved third-party organization (1 credit = 1 ton of CO2 sequestered)
Companies wishing to contribute to carbon neutrality finance bamboo groves through the purchase of carbon credits.
We strive to maximize the impact (environmental, social, economic) of the project and to guarantee the sustainability of the bamboo grove through the implementation of long-term monitoring.
How to achieve carbon neutrality ?
To achieve our climate goals, the two levers to be activated on a planetary scale are:
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions - the increase in carbon sinks (forests, soils, oceans, etc.) Objectives of the National Low Carbon Strategy for France What are the stages of a climate strategy ?
The climate strategy of companies is broken down into several stages:
• 1 / Measure emissions on the different scopes (scope 1, 2 and 3) using recognized methodologies • 2 / Reduce emissions through the implementation of Action Plans • 3 / Contribute to increasing carbon sinks by financing carbon reduction or sequestration projects The carbon credit mechanism allows companies to participate in the financing of carbon reduction or se- questration projects and thus contribute to collective carbon neutrality.
A carbon credit is a unit equivalent to one ton of CO2 avoided or sequestered.
To be recognized, a carbon credit must meet various criteria: • Additionality: the project could not have been implemented without financing the sale of carbon credits. • Measurability: it is possible to calculate the quantity of CO2 sequestered (or avoided) on the basis of a reco- gnized methodology. • Verifiability: the effective sequestration (or avoidance) of tonnes of CO2 sold as carbon credits must be able to be verified by an independent and competent third party. • Permanence: sequestration (or avoidance) must take place over time. These criteria are precisely defined in the various project certification methodologies. • Uniqueness: the registration of carbon credits relating to a project in a single registry is key to avoiding double counting of carbon credits. Certification of credits: The criteria are precisely defined in the different project certification methodologies. There are several certification bodies (such as Verra or Gold Standard) or labels such as the Label Bas Carbone (“LBC”) for projects in France. Horizom has developed an LBC methodology specific to bamboo. This is currently under investigation. Compensation or carbon contribution ?
the carbon footprint comes from the idea that a company could have a zero footprint. This remains a privilege, without constituting a generalizable solution, since it is physically impossible to offset all of our current emissions. In reality, the only neutrality that interests us is on a planetary scale. This is why we prefer the term “carbon contribution”, which implies that no one is neutral, but that we can, and we must contribute to planetary carbon neutrality. Why contribute as close as possible to your emissions ?
It is tempting to compensate by supporting projects located in developing countries since they are the first victims of current and future climate change. We must also keep in mind that each country must transition to a more local and resilient agriculture and economy. This is the fight we are leading with a target of 10,000 farms in our regions by 2040.
Why focus on co-benefits ?
Carbon is only part of the solution.
By financing our bamboo plantations, you are also acting to: • soil regeneration • restoration of the water cycle • maintaining biodiversity • sustain the French agricultural fabric