Terra Nova One™ (TN1) is the flagship project of Recapture’s Terra Nova Series™, using a unique regenerating afforestation model that generates eco-timber for long-term storage into mass timber buildings. Traditional building materials like steel and concrete emit more greenhouse gases than trees turned into timber. However, the typical sustainable forestry model that produces timber for building materials has a problem that is anything but sustainable. Terra Nova addresses the unaccounted net emissions caused by sustainable timber projects that generate returns from clear-cutting, while tackling gigaton levels of carbon dioxide that need to be removed from the atmosphere at scale to reach humanity’s global net zero targets.
Highlights of the project include:
- TN1 was implemented over the course of 8 months, after Recapture previously completed a 1.5-year regulatory approvals with both the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) Deutscher Pflanzenschutzdienste in Germany and the Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASA) in Argentina.
- The harvested eco-timber is pre-sold into the European Union (EU) market for use as a building material in mass timber buildings, replacing higher carbon footprint materials like aluminum, cement, and steel when possible.
- The project length is 37 years along with a 5-year restoration plan that integrates a mix of native plant species, including Lapacho, Tipuana tipu, Tabebuia guayacan, Mora trees, white quebracho, red quebracho, tuscas, arcas, Bursera graveolens, Citrus Limon, Prunus persica, and Persea americana.
- TN1 includes a 2.5-hectare (6-acre) native species restoration project and 26-hectare (64-acre) avoided deforestation conservation activities.
- Recapture's One Percent Co-benefits™ model is incorporated into the project, with 1% of project revenues reinvested into climate adaptation co-benefits locally to ensure more equitable development.
- At the end of the project upon the final harvest the project lands will be intercropped with native species of trees and plants while being protected under a conservation easement.
A novel approach to reforestation
TN1's unique approach to reforestation is ten times more efficient with land than traditional reforestation projects, which grow at a maximum rate of 9 tonnes per hectare per year. This afforestation model offers numerous benefits over traditional approaches to both nature-based carbon solutions and forestry models while generating responsible profits for all project stakeholders. By turning trees into timber, TN1 emits fewer greenhouse gases than the manufacture of traditional building materials like steel and concrete.
The Problem with traditional stustainable forestry models
Sustainable forestry models that produce timber for building materials have a problem, and they are anything but sustainable. Single-bottom-line timber companies that seek to maximize only profits fail to account for significant carbon sources such as dead wood and soil destruction in their carbon accounting. This means that traditional sustainable forestry projects actually act as a net carbon source for at least a decade after harvesting.
TN1 not only addresses the net emissions caused by clear-cutting timber but also provides a bankable project model to sequester gigaton levels of carbon dioxide that need to be removed from the atmosphere in order to scale humanity’s global net-zero targets. By utilizing non-invasive, C4 photosynthesis hardwood trees in concert with an ancient silvicultural technology called coppice regeneration, TN1 is able to continually harvest wood up to 7 times productively from our living trees without disturbing soil carbon or replanting. This process allows for long-term remediation of environmentally damaged lands.
the importance of TN1's hybrid trees
Unlike experimental afforestation projects that propose using unstudied genetically modified seedlings in unmanaged areas, where the genes have been altered, TN1 projects use hybrids. These hybrids are a cross-breeding of two varieties that humans have been doing for centuries. TN1's managed plantations use naturally C4 photosynthesizing and certified trees by the University of Bonn to not produce seeds or pollen. These trees are naturally drought-tolerant, frost-hardy, and fire-resistant.
In summary, TN1 is an innovative and sustainable solution for mitigating carbon emissions that provides long-term environmental benefits while generating responsible profits. The project's unique afforestation model, coupled with its use of hybrid trees, biochar, and climate-smart forestry approach, makes it an ideal choice for businesses looking to invest in carbon credits.