• Atmospheric CO2 /Parts per Million /Annual Averages /Data Source: noaa.gov

  • 1980338.91ppm

  • 1981340.11ppm

  • 1982340.86ppm

  • 1983342.53ppm

  • 1984344.07ppm

  • 1985345.54ppm

  • 1986346.97ppm

  • 1987348.68ppm

  • 1988351.16ppm

  • 1989352.78ppm

  • 1990354.05ppm

  • 1991355.39ppm

  • 1992356.1ppm

  • 1993356.83ppm

  • 1994358.33ppm

  • 1995360.18ppm

  • 1996361.93ppm

  • 1997363.04ppm

  • 1998365.7ppm

  • 1999367.8ppm

  • 2000368.97ppm

  • 2001370.57ppm

  • 2002372.59ppm

  • 2003375.14ppm

  • 2004376.96ppm

  • 2005378.97ppm

  • 2006381.13ppm

  • 2007382.9ppm

  • 2008385.01ppm

  • 2009386.5ppm

  • 2010388.76ppm

  • 2011390.63ppm

  • 2012392.65ppm

  • 2013395.39ppm

  • 2014397.34ppm

  • 2015399.65ppm

  • 2016403.09ppm

  • 2017405.22ppm

  • 2018407.62ppm

  • 2019410.07ppm

  • 2020412.44ppm

  • 2021414.72ppm

  • 2022418.56ppm

  • 2023421.08ppm

Regenerative agriculture could remove 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2050.

Investors in carbon credit market targeted via new loans scheme

A relatively young European climate tech investment firm plans to lure institutional investors into the rapidly growing carbon credit market.

By launching a Green Loans scheme, HeavyFinance expects its new debt instrument enables investors to get returns from the sale of CO2 removal credits generated in European farmland, the company's founder Laimonas Noreika explained.

Noreika told Net Zero Investor that "wWith the urgent need to take an action on climate change and the high demand on the voluntary carbon credit market, investors in Green Loans can now expect up to 30 per cent annual returns with an investment period of 4 years."

He added that his firm is "keen to make a splash in the European market, offering impact investing options to support the removal of greenhouse gas emissions. The agricultural sector has an important role to play in combating climate issues, requiring a unified effort from those within, and investing in, the industry to promote sustainable, low-carbon practices such as no-till farming across Europe.”

With this financial product, farmers taking a Green Loan do not pay an interest rate, as returns for investors are generated from the sale of CO2 certificates.

HeavyFinance plans to provide carbon certificates for investors while supporting farmers with the mass adoption of regenerative practices to tackle climate change.

HIs colleague Violeta Gevorkjan, a decarbonisation and sustainability expert at HeavyFinance, added: “Benefits for farmers are clear in terms of the results of the triple bottom line becoming environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and economically viable. Improved practices reduce soil erosion and increase resiliency to high temperatures, droughts, and floods”.

She stressed that the programme "represents a solution" to the agriculture sector being labelled the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, according to the quarterly greenhouse gas emissions in the EU report.

Green Loans was set up to support carbon farming – an innovative approach aimed at reducing the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere by storing it within the soil, in turn leading to increased yields.

This regenerative approach to farming is based on sustainable agricultural practices such as no-tillage, strip or minimal cultivation, as well as crop rotation and management of crop residues. 

According to a recent report by the Food and Land Use Coalition, regenerative agriculture could remove 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050.

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