Draft Biochar Sustainability Protocols Released

Developed as a collaboration between Pacific Northwest Biochar (PNW Biochar) and the United States Biochar Initiative (USBI), the protocols "set forth a shared vision and direction for the future of biochar technology among biochar proponents to prevent unintended consequences that could potentially arise from this process." The intent of the protocols is to provide a …

Can Biochar Help Suppress Greenhouse Gases?

Read the full story from the American Society of Agromony. Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas and a precursor to compounds that contribute to the destruction of the ozone. Intensively managed, grazed pastures are responsible for an increase in nitrous oxide emissions from grazing animals’ excrement. Biochar is potentially a mitigation option for reducing …

Getting the Biochar Industry Up To Speed: What can we learn from the Pellet Business?

Read the full story from the International Biochar Initiative. Biochar is seemingly well positioned for success. The world needs improved soils and better use of fertilizers to provide sufficient food in the future. It must also reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Biochar can positively impact these global challenges …

Profile: Developing Biochar Research and Production Capabilities in Ghana

Read the full story from the International Biochar Initiative. When Ghanaian researcher Edward Yeboah was introduced to biochar, his first reaction was that it might go a long way to address the poor soil health situation in Ghana. This was in 2006 while he was working at Dr. Johannes Lehmann’s Lab Group as a Visiting …

Update on IBI’s Characterization Standards

IBI’s initiative to create globally-developed and accepted standards for biochar characterization, production and utilization has completed the most recent round of working group discussions. The working groups received valuable feedback from the larger biochar community and they are continuing to determine appropriate test methodologies for physical biochar properties and potential toxins based on existing soil …

Biochar – putting carbon back

Read the full story at New Agriculturalist. If burning fossil fuels has caused global warming, trapping atmospheric carbon dioxide in a stable, solid form and putting it back in the ground could be part of the solution. Made from organic wastes such as crop residues, rather than cut timber, 'green charcoal' is more eco-friendly than …

Guidelines for the Development and Testing of Pyrolysis Plants to Produce Biochar

Download the publication from the International Biochar Initiative. The publication is designed to assist in the development and testing of small pyrolysis plants. Because there are personal and environmental health and safety risks inherent in producing biochar, IBI has developed these Guidelines to assist in the safe and effective development and testing of biochar production …