How industrial hemp has the power to close the UN Emissions Gap in 2023

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Hemp is the only way we can 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 of 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.

One of the most promising uses of industrial hemp is as a carbon sink. 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.

Hemp can solve the climate problem faster than forestry

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.

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.

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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 game-changer

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. We’re seeking investment to accelerate the construction of our platform technology and bring it to market in 2023. The company believes that its approach has enormous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a better world for future generations. Our vision is to close the UN Emissions Gap by building a better world. Join us.

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