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Aries Clean Energy product certified

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Aries Clean Energy has announced that its Aries GREEN™ biochar product has earned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label and certification from the International Biochar Institute (IBI).

The product is now able to display the USDA label and the IBI Certified™ biochar seal.

Third-party verification for a product's biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and most recently expanded by the 2014 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the programme is to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.

Independent laboratories are also utilised for the IBI certification process. In each instance, samples are tested, and the results are sent to USDA and IBI for analysis and final approvals. IBI is the world’s foremost authority and source of credible information on biochar, and it has established itself as an international leader in helping to make sustainable biochar systems commercially viable in order to combat climate change and enhance soils.

The addition of biochar to plants and crops returns carbon to the soil. It also improves plant life by retaining water due to the carbon content of the product. Biochar varies depending on what it is made from and how it is made.

“The certification of Aries GREEN™ biochar by both these groups is a great accomplishment,” said Gregory Bafalis, CEO of Aries Clean Energy. “This will give our product an edge in today’s biochar marketplace. It’s further validation that downdraft gasification is a green solution for wood waste streams.

The USDA Certified Biobased Product label displays a product's biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Aries GREEN™ is 96% carbon. Utilizing renewable, biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals.

The USDA says biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change. Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.

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