greenSand distributes sprinkler bags greenSand when the Copenhagen Express departs. Professor Olaf Schuiling and Club van Rome member Wouter van Dieren recently discussed the climate summit in Netwerk. With the climate summit in Copenhagen and plans for CO2 storage in Barendrecht, CO2 reduction is in the news all the time.
Olivine more sustainable than CO2 storage in soil
Addition of finely ground olivine to garden soil, potting soil and as a semi-pavement for road and roof covering is more sustainable and cheaper in the long run than storing CO2 in the ground. This is what Eddy Wijnker says from Olivine Group. On Saturday afternoon, Eddy handed out a thousand bags of greenSand to the Dutch delegation for the climate conference in Copenhagen. The delegation, including Minister Jacqueline Cramer of VROM, departed with a special Copenhagen Express from Utrecht to the Danish capital.
'At the moment the absorption of a ton of CO2 by finely ground Olivine costs us 65 euros,' calculates Wijnker for. “The more Olivine is used for road construction, roofing and the garden, the price will drop by leaps and bounds.” An opinion shared by Professor Olaf Schuiling of the University of Utrecht, who was the first to demonstrate the CO2-reducing effect of Olivine and has been arguing for the large-scale use of olivine for years.
With the scatter bags of olivine, greenSand wants to bring the mineral to the attention of politicians, citizens and entrepreneurs.
800,000 tons of CO2 can be reduced by spreading 800,000 tons of olivine. That is equal to the amount of CO2 that the government wants to put in the ground at Barendrecht. This amounts to spreading 0.2 mm greenSand over an area of 1.068 km2 (one third of the province of South Holland).