GECA’s goal is to clean the planet. We achieve this goal by supporting businesses and organizations to transform wastes into valuable products, to use these new products to replace non-renewable products and get credited for this good action.
GECA is an internationally recognized firm providing expert knowledge on thermal transformation (pyrolysis, torrefaction and gasification technologies) of wastes (ex: biomass, sludge, tires, plastics) into renewable products. In addition, we develop projects for biochar carbon credit and do the brokerage of these carbon credits. Beside selling carbon credits, we also offer brokerage of the products generated by our clients.
The depth of our knowledge combined with the wide range of our services and important network, make us an asset for businesses and organizations looking to reduce their environmental footprint and derive financial benefits from residues. We work on a very diversified portfolio of projects involving various industries and problematics, such as:
- Roadmap for pyrolysis project
- The replacement of fossil coal in heavy industries by biocoal
- The usage of biochar in the agriculture, land reclamation, forestry, and more
- The optimization and implementation of pyrolysis plants for biochar, biocoal, gas, biooil production
- The development of biochar-based carbon credit projects and the brokerage of these credits
Tell us about yourself?
After 30 years in protecting the environment through R&D, I understood that we were not fighting against climate change fast enough nor in cleaning up the planet. I decided to start GECA to accelerate waste transformation by supporting businesses in their environmental project and make sure they derive economic benefits. I know we can do it and, at GECA, we help our clients reach their goals.
If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
Make sure you hire the right people.
What problem does your business solve?
You know the feeling when you’re driving to a meeting for the first time, your GPS is leading you to it when…suddenly it dies?
Clients come to GECA feeling just like that when they know where they want to be with their environmental project but need a reliable map to get there.
GECA supports its clients by creating a clear path through decision-making tools. It provides expert services in waste transformation, market intelligence and carbon credits so that they derive financial benefits with wastes and contribute to a healthier planet.
Here are some problems we solve all the time:
What are the markets I should target?
What are the steps to transform waste and sell the products?
How can I make money by transforming wastes?
What technology would I need?
What material can I transform? What would be the end-product? what are the markets of these products?
What are the potential risks for the environment, the investors, the financing entities?
What is the inspiration behind your business?
The problem is planetary. We want the future generations to have a better, healthier environment than what we have now.
What is your magic sauce?
We have holistic approach. We work on the entire chain of waste transformation, from the feedstock to the markets, passing by the technologies, the roadmap of project development, the product design, the market intelligence, and so on. We therefore need engineers, technologists, carbon credits, environmentalists, agronomists, financers, and more crew members. Nobody in the world offers this solution in thermal transformation of wastes.
What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?
We are accelerating waste transformation in some continents.
We work on the use of biocoal by replacing fossil coal to reduce the carbon footprint of metallurgy, lime and concrete industries.
In addition, we plan on becoming a large contributor to transforming the use of fertilizers and other non-renewable soil additives through biochar while sequestering large amount of carbon in soils.
We project to work closely with sludge producers of all sources as these wastes cause various problems. We have solutions for them and much better environmental impacts to offer.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
At the beginning, the finance was limited while we needed to make sure that our offer was known in North America. As we are growing, a new challenge has arisen: hiring through the lack of workers in Canada.
How can people get involved?
Anybody, either as project developers or as potential crew members, wishing to transform wastes (ex: biomass, sludges, plastics, tires) should look at www.gecaenviro.com, follow us on LinkedIn, and then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.