Can growing hemp earn carbon credits?

Essays by Eric Worrall

According to the BBC, skilled hemp growers are looking to make money selling their products to the construction industry.

Hemp is back in the construction industry

By Pedro Garcia

Tired of life as a computer engineer, in 2010 Elad Kaspin packed his bags and traveled the world.

Mr. Kaspin, who wants to separate from Israel, describes life in the country as complicated. “I knew I didn’t want to live there, despite having a good life with a good salary,” he said.

After two years of traveling, he arrived at Colos, a village in southern Portugal, located between the towns of Odemira and Ourique. He liked it so much he decided to stay.

He’s not the only one. In recent years, the region has seen a wave of migrants, attracted by its vast and impressive plains, laid-back lifestyle, good weather and valuable properties. cheap.

But that popularity doesn’t create good and stable jobs.

So, with the help of his Palestinian childhood friend Omer ben Zvi, Mr. Kaspin decided to start a company called Canhamor.

Their idea was to take advantage of Portugal’s relaxation of the law governing the cultivation of hemp, part of the cannabis family.

Based on a report of the European CommissionThe carbon sequestration properties of hemp are remarkable.

In just five months, one hectare (2.5 acres) of hemp can absorb between 9 and 15 tons of carbon dioxide.

Mr. Kaspin wants to tap into those assets by setting up his own business to produce building blocks from hemp.

With an initial investment of 1 million euros (£880,000; $1 million), Cáhamor was set up in early 2021 and production started a few months later.

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Hemp brick might be fine in cold climates, but where I live, anything that is biologically ambiguous ends up being eaten. A few years ago when my lathe broke down, I discovered that local insects had eaten the rubber drive belt. All that remains is the reinforcing cord once dipped in rubber.

I regularly spray bug spray on accessible electrical wires and plastic pipes for safety.

Old homes in good condition in my area are clad with asbestos concrete panels instead of wood paneling. Most wooden structures go up in smoke if not properly treated and inspected. Somehow, the owners of old houses do not want to get rid of asbestos, even though it is a prohibited building material, because it is very durable. Even the Aussie insect hasn’t figured out how to eat it yet.

I thought I’d let others try building their homes with this new hemp edible construction product.


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