The Earth Partners' primary business model for financing the restoration of degraded/marginal lands is called conservation biomass, which The Earth Partners is implementing in programs on rangelands in the Southwest and Texas and former grasslands on the Gulf Coast. These two conservation biomass programs address global resource constraints through three complementary actions:
The Earth Partners seeks to become the largest dedicated supplier of sustainable bioenergy feedstock in the US. Balancing ecological and economic concerns, The Earth Partners will only operate in lands where the feedstock can reach a central processing gate at a competitive cost and where there is enough feedstock for large-scale production. Currently, the most feasible path to monetize conservation biomass is the European wood pellet market for power and heat production. The team has direct experience operating large-scale pellet plants specifically designed to support the European export requirements.
Over the medium to long term, The Earth Partners is positioning its conservation biomass as a preferred feedstock for future cellulosic and second-generation applications, as well as value-added non-energy opportunities (i.e., livestock feed, chemicals, and consumer products). The Earth Partners is developing IP and technology solutions to cost-effectively clean and refine feedstock, which can open up a market for supplies of hundreds of millions of tons of non-forestry feedstock.