It is our belief that “alternative” hemp derivatives will ultimately be more important than today’s phyto-cannabinoid rich wellness and medical products. Our Processing Division is working to provide a cutting-edge, Advanced Carbon R&D and Manufacturing capability as part of our state-of-the-art Extractor/Processor Facility, and we will be one of the first Pilot Scale Hemp-Derived Carbon Manufacturing capability as part of that facility.
These processing/extraction “by-products” will be captured and used to offset energy consumption (reduction of carbon footprint) as well as generating significant additional revenues as their downstream uses expand. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Biochar for fertilizer and regenerative agriculture;
• Syngas and other Biofuels for energy production and transportation;
• Bioplastics to replace traditional petroleum-based products;
And in particular, Advanced Carbons such as Graphene that can be used in a wide range of products including energy storage devices such as batteries.
Santa Fe Farms will create a R&D Center for the production and testing of our biochar. Using our pyrolysis equipment, we can produce hemp-based biochar specifically designed for different applications and biochar-based products. These will include applications in the following areas:
• Animal feed
• Cosmetics – biochar can successfully substitute plastic micro beads used in toothpastes and skin scrubbers
• Activated carbons for the food and beverage industries, aquaculture, water and air filtration, etc.
• Packaging and food storage
• Building materials
• Graphite & Fuel cells
Voluntary carbon markets allow private investors, governments and companies to offset their CO2 and other greenhouse gasses by purchasing carbon credits, each equivalent to a one-ton reduction in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. By leveraging the carbon sequestration properties of hemp, Santa Fe Farms is in a unique position to help our farmers claim carbon credits and access ‘carbon finance’ funding for their activities.
As well as project managing the credit issuance, we provide access to the voluntary carbon markets from our commodities trading desk, led by two experienced commodities traders with over 30 years’ combined experience. Increasing numbers of companies are committing to ‘Net Zero’ carbon emissions (in line with the Paris climate agreement), and for more polluting industries (e.g. mining, aviation, construction) carbon offsets are an important part of the mix, along with carbon reductions.
Carbon offset purchases are also increasing as ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) considerations are becoming more important to shareholders, customers and other stakeholders alike. Microsoft, for example, has pledged to offset by 2050 all greenhouse gases it has emitted since its creation.
The cumulative volume of the voluntary carbon market exceeded 1.3 billion meters of CO2 equivalent in 2019, with a value of more than $5.5 billion dollars. This market is expected to grow 15 times by 2030 just to keep up with the commitments made at the Paris climate conference, with an estimated market size of $250 billion by 2050. More recently, the prices of compensation associated with Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) such as forestry and biochar, for example, have risen by 30% over the past year, with new methodologies in this space (along with renewable farming practices and soil capture) being developed every year.