Social responsibility made simple
Skymining makes social responsibility, often a hard task to incorporate into business, into an automatic consequence of pursuing savings or profits. Tackling global challenges has never been more important. Nor easier.
Around the world, humans are forced to clear forest because of the need for cooking fuel and agricultural land. Skymining provides a cheap alternative to wood-based fuels, and restores marginal land for food production; thereby doubly slowing deforestation.
What is desertification?
Desertification is the process of drylands becoming arid and nutrient-deprived, typically losing vegetation and wildlife. It is driven by unsustainable farming practices, deforestation and climate change.
The cost of losing land
We lose 12 million hectares of land to desertification every year. This comes with an annual social and economic price tag of at least $40 billion.
Reclaiming marginal land
When we perform Skymining on marginal land, our specialized grass continuously sequesters carbon in the soil surrounding the perennial grass roots. This carbon sink rejuvenates and reclaims the land.
The health problem
According to the IEA, dirty cooking fuels are responsible for 1.5 million deaths, divided between wood fuel (1.3 million) and charcoal (0.2 million). That is more than Malaria, which stands at 1.2 million.
Africa and biomass
The potential impact Skymining can have on lives is Sub-Saharan Africa is huge: Biomass is the primary energy source for 575 million people (76% of the population) and most urban areas are increasingly reliant on overpriced charcoal.
The cost benefit of our fuel
Charcoal is made from cutting down forests, and as forest resources are dwindling, charcoal is quickly becoming prohibitively expensive. In most African markets, our fuel can be produced and sold locally for 30% less than charcoal.
The impact of deforestation
The world loses a football field of forest every 2.3 seconds. The direct cost of this deforestation and land-degradation is estimated at $100 billion annually.
The demand for food
The main driver of deforestation is the demand for food. As the world needs more land to feed itself, the easiest place to look is forests, where the soils are rich.
The demand for charcoal
Demand for cooking fuels also lead to deforestation. Charcoal is the worst offender, since its ineffective production can require up to 10 kilos of wood for 1 kilo of charcoal.
An ever-growing problem
Every year, the world gets 75 million more mouths to feed. Since there are few untapped reserves of arable land, most new food production comes from destroying forests.
Reclaiming lost land
Skymining is only conducted on marginal land. Over the course of 10-12 years, Skymining rejuvenates and reclaims this land by turning it into a rich carbon sink.
Sustainable food production
Once our Skymining contracts expire, we return the land to local communities, who can now grow food on it. To ensure that the carbon remains locked away, we will provide training and management on sustainable farming practices.