Our Dirty Legacy #charcoal


One obstacle to growing the biochar industry is the polluting and ecological damage rightly attributed to charcoal production. Higher standards are not enough by themselves. Monitoring and sanctions are necessary to maintain these standards. A new study using 3-D reflected light microscopy to identify origins of charcoal imported to Europe shows that the charcoal industry still needs to clean up their act. We need not only to differentiate biochar from charcoal, but also to effectuate and maintain an entirely cleaner and more sustainability-conscious culture and image. Biochar companies who merge with or rely on the charcoal industry supply chain should be wary of what they are getting and transparent in their product labeling.

Robert Gillett

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