A Sustainable Solution for
Atmospheric Carbon Removal

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Excess CO2 in the atmosphere is the principal cause of climate change. Atmospheric CO2 levels are now 418 parts per million, a 50% increase since pre-industrial times. Human activity has placed more than 2000 billion tonnes of CO2 into our atmosphere, oceans, and the climate.

Pyrogenic Carbon Capture recovers pure carbon from waste wood and non-food crop residues. This biomass has already removed the CO2 from the atmosphere. Pyrogenic Carbon Capture technology recovers pure carbon that will remain sequestered for centuries.

Carbon removal projects support communities
dealing with the impacts of climate

CO2 Sequestration

Trees and crops (collectively called biomass) sequester more than 120 billion tonnes of CO2 each year. Unfortunately, almost that exact amount is released back to the atmosphere when biomass burns or decays.

Negative Emissions Technology

On October 8, 2018, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a special report confirming pyrogenic carbon capture as a promising negative emissions technology. The report indicates the urgent need for large-scale atmospheric CO2 removal.

Cost-effective Carbon Capture

Pyrogenic carbon capture is cost-effective and can remove CO2 from the atmosphere for less than $20 per tonne. Alternative carbon capture and avoidance ranges from $35 to $250 per tonne with most costing well above $100 per tonne. We are all responsible for the release of CO2 from the combustion of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and crude oil.

A Circular and Sustainable Economy

For every tonne of carbon sequestered by the projects, approximately three tonnes of CO2 is removed from the atmosphere. The carbon removed from the atmosphere is used to replace carbon products made from fossil fuels, eliminating up to six additional tonnes of CO2. This initiative is a crucial part of a circular and sustainable economy.


What is a Negative Emissions Technology (NET)?

Our projects partner Titan Clean Energy Projects Corp. has developed a negative emissions technology that sequesters carbon through waste biomass. The process extracts inert carbon from non-food waste biomass such as wood waste or hemp fibre.

Using renewable biomass as the energy source, the majority of the carbon from the biomass is recovered. The carbon is then engineered into products that replace products that are typically manufactured using fossil fuels.

The benefits of the carbon are cumulative to reduce greenhouse emissions. For example, biocarbon animal feed supplements have been found to reduce methane output from cattle, and biocarbon formed into a biopolymer can replace energy intensive plastics that generate as much as six tonnes of carbon dioxide per tonne of plastic produced. There are more than 30 other uses for biocarbon including stormwater treatment, odour control, soil enhancers and personal care products.

The process is a partnership between nature that sequesters the carbon and Titan’s autothermal pyrolysis technology that stabilizes it.

What is Pyrolysis?

Pyrolysis is the process we use to turn the wood (or other biomass) into carbon also called charcoal, biochar, and biocarbon. This is done by feeding wood chips into a tubular oven, and heating it at over 500oC in a vacuum.

As the biomass heats, it splits into a solid, liquid and a gas. The gas is called syngas, a synthetic renewable natural gas, which is then used to heat the system. The liquid is a biocrude which can be used as a fuel or, much like crude oil, can be refined into numerous products including lubricants and asphalt emulsion. A watery liquid called wood vinegar is also recovered. It is used in agriculture as a fertilizer and for weed control. One of the major uses is as liquid smoke in the food industry.

The solid is pure charcoal, which has beneficial uses for several products, such as animal nutrition, since it acts as a toxin binder which means livestock digests their food more efficiently and also helps reduce methane emissions and barn odour. It can be used as a soil amendment since it gives beneficial soil bacteria a place to live and can significantly improve crop yields in poor soils.

Carbon is an effective odour eliminator and can be used in filtration processes. It can also be processed for human use in the myriad of activated charcoal recipes in the making of everything from soap to digestive aids.

Finally, carbon can be added to bioplastics as a way to increase strength, decrease weight, and add UV protection and add natural colour.

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated with high temperature steam to increase the internal surface area.

This increases the amount of micro pores so that the material can be used as filter for purifying air and water, or as a toxin binder.

What is Pyrogenic Carbon Capture?

Pyrogenic carbon capture is the process of using pyrolysis to remove carbon from the atmosphere by processing biomass into biocarbon.

How is your process carbon negative?

During the pyrolysis process, a small portion of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen form a syngas. Our pyrolysis process uses this gas as a fuel source, cutting out the need to burn fossil fuels to keep the process running.

Most of the carbon from the biomass is recovered in a stable form that will not re-enter the atmosphere.

A solution to removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is to plant more trees. What if we leave trees in nature?

If we let a tree decay, the carbon dioxide trapped in it will return to the atmosphere.

The same thing happens if the tree burns in a forest fire or fireplace. All of that carbon dioxide is re-released.

If we make a product like a house or a table out of the wood, we delay it’s return to nature, but eventually the house or table will either burn or decay in a landfill, putting that carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.

The best way to remove the carbon dioxide is to capture it as a stable solid that can remain for thousands of years.

Do others agree?

Yes! On October 8th, 2018 the International Panel on Climate Change published a special report that stated that biochar (or pyrogenic carbon) is one of only a handful of promising negative emissions technologies that could make a meaningful impact in mitigating climate change.

The report states that we need to get moving on implementing this technology now as the problems resulting from climate change will only compound with further inaction and delays.


Climate Voices

Climate change is the defining crisis in the history of humanity. We have limited time and options to materially rebalance atmospheric carbon. Biochar (biocarbon) is a safe and scalable option that can not only help mitigate climate change but also help us to adapt to the changes we are already experiencing.”

– Kathleen Draper MBA,
US Director of Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence

One of the most challenging global issues facing humanity in the 21st Century is climate change and its impact on agriculture and food security. Biochar (biocarbon) can be used as a climate change mitigation strategy. Our research shows that adding biochar increases the long-term stabilization of soil organic carbon.”

– Maren Oelberman Ph.D.,
University of Waterloo

By sequestering huge amounts of carbon, this technique (pyrolysis) constitutes a much longer and significant sink for atmospheric CO2 than most other sequestration options, making it a powerful tool for long-term mitigation of climate change.”

– Johannes Lehmann Ph.D.,
Cornell University

Meet the Team

Jamie Bakos. P. Eng., President & CEO

Titan Clean Energy Projects

Roger Sarrazin, Director, Technology Construction & Fabrication

Titan Clean Energy Projects

Michele Kiss, Managing Partner

Titan Clean Energy Projects

Rick Pilling, Operations Manager

Titan Clean Energy Projects

Caroline Klatt, Head of Carbon Markets


Isaac Schlenker, Head of Carbon Markets


AJ Bird

Dr. Bishnu Acharya, Research

University of Saskatchewan

Titan Clean Energy Projects

Jamie Bakos

President & CEO

Jamie Bakos is a specialist in clean technology and has provided leadership in delivering clean technology projects in Canada and internationally for over 25 years.

A native of Saskatoon, Jamie moved to Guelph, Ontario, in 1990 to complete one of the first Environmental Engineering degrees offered in Canada. Since then, he has worked for companies such as Domtar, Ontario Power Generation, Pillsbury/Green Giant Canada, Wardrop Engineering and Ingenium Group. Jamie has served on several boards, including the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC) and the Canadian Bioenergy Association (CANBIO).

He is committed to promoting the sustainable use of forestry, agricultural, and municipal biomass in renewable energy and bio-products applications. Jamie founded the company in 2006, and is responsible for corporate communications, business development, and corporate strategy.

Titan Clean Energy Projects

Roger Sarrazin, 

Director, Technology Construction & Fabrication

Roger is an entrepreneur, licensed inter-provincial heavy duty mechanic, licensed inter-provincial welder and multi-disciplined tradesperson with over 40 years of heavy construction and business experience.

He successfully partnered and built one of Saskatchewan’s largest biomass harvesting operations in the forestry industry, contracting mainly to Weyerhaeuser from 1994 to 2006.

Roger joined Titan in 2008, and is responsible for the company’s project construction, equipment fabrication, and preventative maintenance. Roger serves on Titan’s board of directors.

Titan Clean Energy Projects

Michele Kiss

Managing Partner

Michele graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with an Honours Arts degree and completed her Masters in the Humanities in the UK in 1997.

Since graduating, she has worked for several top-tier advertising agencies in Canada, most notably as an Account Executive at Ogilvy and Mather (Toronto), a Senior Account Executive at Anderson DDB (Toronto) and Project Manager at Karo Group (Calgary).

Michele’s clients have included companies such as HBC, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, ConocoPhillips and ENMAX. Michele has been with Titan since 2008, and is responsible for marketing, administration and project management.

Titan Clean Energy Projects

Rick Pilling

Operations Manager

Rick started with the company in early 2011 as a heavy equipment operator and gaining excellence in the operations maintenance of all of the company’s equipment and processes since then.

Rick has managed dozens of offsite jobs in locations  across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and now leads the yard crew with projects including material processing, pyrolysis, charcoal activation, and construction and maintenance.

Rick’s keen eye for design was honed though a degree in art with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. After returning from time in London, England, he worked in the oilfields before joining Titan.


Caroline Klatt

Co-founder & COO

Caroline Klatt is co-founder and COO of Flowcarbon, a vertically integrated financial services and technology company working to democratize access to carbon finance and high-integrity carbon credits.

Previously, Caroline was co-founder and CEO of Headliner Labs, a chatbot marketing platform which was acquired in 2020. She is a former McKinsey consultant and expert in marketing, entrepreneurship and business development.


Isaac Schlenker

Head of Carbon Markets

Flowcarbon is a vertically integrated financial services and technology company committed to scaling the voluntary carbon market.

Under Issac’s leadership, Flowcarbon has become a major player in the nascent market for carbon removal solutions. By developing innovative structured finance and distribution products, Flowcarbon is democratizing access to carbon finance and high-integrity carbon offsets to help organizations compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions.

AJ Bird

AJ is a climate solutions entrepreneur in biogas (landfill and anaerobic digesters), modular clean water technology, clean energy finance for Indigenous projects, IoT for energy measurement, renewable natural gas, and nature-based carbon projects with expertise in Indigenous partnerships and carbon offsets.

She is a former Toronto police officer who dovetailed her hostage negotiator training into formal executive business negotiation certificates along with a decisive manner to identify and harness the win-win for business opportunities and partnerships. She is frequently asked to present on Indigenous partnerships and benefits in the carbon sector in Canada and also at the international level.

AJ is a Treaty 8 Indian and a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation from the Northwest Territories. She has lived and worked in numerous provinces and also in the United States.

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Bishnu Acharya

Associate Professor & Research Chair

Bishnu is the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Chair in Bioprocess Engineering, and Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

Bishnu specializes in Chemical and Biological Engineering, cellulose-based biomaterials, biochemicals and nanocomposites, and thermochemical/ biochemical conversion technologies.

Get in Touch

Carbon4Climate is a Titan Clean Energy Project. Titan Clean Energy provides ground-breaking clean technologies, commercializing negative emissions technology and has created more than a dozen products across a variety of markets from soil amendments to health and beauty ingredients.

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