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Romania: Romanian biochar company greens production and boosts profitability

By producing biochar, Explocom GK reduces wood waste and uses innovative solutions to improve the company's sustainable development. With financing from Norway, the project has resulted in the incorporation of pyrolysis technology into their workflow thus creating 12 new jobs.

Explocom is a manufacturer of organic chemicals, but also a producer of charcoal and bulk char for industries. Wood waste became part of the production process in 2007, and they are aiming to improve their competitiveness by focusing on innovative and sustainable development.  

The project financed by Norway led to the development of new products such as biochar, wood vinegar, wood oil and cellulosic alcohol, further utilizing and reducing wood waste, and ultimately contributing to a substantial CO2 reduction in their production processes.  

The products have a wide range of applications and are mainly used in agriculture as pesticides and fertilisers. Biochar helps improve the farming productivity for organic and bio-farmers.  

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Results of the project:  

  • 12 new jobs were created  
  • 65% increase in annual turnover.  
  • Annual profit increased by 164% 
  • Reducing CO2 emissions and working towards carbon neutrality by 2023
  • One new patented technology 

  

The SMEs Growth Programme in Romania 

The project is supported by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein through the EEA and Norway Grants. See more opportunities under the Romania - SMEs Growth Programme. 

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