FW: [Biochar] IBI funding

Paul S Anderson



Thank you for bringing to our attention the report from Australia / New Zealand about actual biochar sequestration !!!!!   Already a year old and not seen before by me (and probably by many others.)   Good materials can be overlooked and should be brought back to the attention of interested persons.   All should read the Executive Summary, so I pasted the first part of it here.


Executive Summary

Biochar and wood vinegar are emerging technologies with numerous applications in agriculture and

environmental remediation1. Advocates and early adopters of these products are well versed in their

positive attributes. Biochar, for example, has been shown generally to increase crop yields in tropical

latitudes2 i, remediate soil3, reduce soil greenhouse gas emissions4,5, and sequester carbon6

amongst many other observed benefits1,7.

Yet it is arguably the case that not enough focus has been given in financial feasibility studies to the

benefits observed by users of biochar beyond its use as a soil amendment8. Existing studies in highincome

countries tend to focus on soil amendments in low value cereal crops, and with the exception

of Joseph, et al. 9, they 􀁒􀁙e􀁕􀁏􀁒􀁒􀁎 b􀁌􀁒c􀁋a􀁕􀂶􀁖 􀁘􀁖e a􀁖 a􀁑 a􀁑􀁌􀁐a􀁏 feed, for soil remediation and for water

use efficiency.

This report begins to address this knowledge gap by providing an account of how biochar and wood

vinegar users are accruing benefits or disbenefits in their farming operations. In March and April of

2019, the Australian New Zealand Biochar Initiative (ANZBI) surveyed sixteen current users of

biochar and six users of Wood Vinegar.

The survey found that:

􀁸 The use of biochar as animal feed is an important emerging market in Australia. Those

who feed biochar to cattle do so on a daily basis for the purpose of improved cattle health,

improved cattle weight gain, methane emissions reduction and reduced feed cost.

􀁸 Biochar is being used as a soil amendment to improve the crop yields and the produce

quality of higher value crops (fruits, vegetables, nuts, horticulture), but the business case

remains challenging for broadacre cereal crops. These users were found frequently to

produce their own biochar and to apply it on a monthly or annual basis.

􀁸 Adding small amounts of biochar and minerals to chemical fertilisers (as has now been

commercialised in China) has the potential to increase yield, profitability and quality of

vegetables and grains.

􀁸 Wood vinegar is being used to increase rates of seed germination, reduce fungal

diseases and to improve both plant health and crop quality. Users of this product were

frequently fruit and nut farmers.

i Though on average, not in temperate latitudes.


Furthermore, the report includes in-depth case studies including biochar􀂶􀁖 use in a golf course, for

use in an avocado orchard, for use as an animal feed and for use in a potato farming operation.






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Inventor of RoCC kilns and author of Biochar white paper :  See  www.woodgas.energy/resources  

Author of “A Capitalist Carol” (free digital copies at www.capitalism21.org)

         with pages 88 – 94 about solving the world crisis for clean cookstoves.


From: main@Biochar.groups.io <main@Biochar.groups.io> On Behalf Of Benoit Lambert via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, May 1, 2021 4:32 AM
To: main@biochar.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Biochar] IBI funding


Dear biochar and biogeotherapist friends,


There is a tendency to think biochar is not flying high yet because it is not characterized enough or proved enough. If that was how markets really work, many products in agriculture would have disappeared a long time ago, especially if their negative side effects are to be considered. They have not.  The advantages of cover crops have been known for decades, yet the practice is still not generalized. Regenerative practices finally putting science into agriculture is only emerging. Rodale’s Regenerative and Organic 2018 new label invites farmers to work with nature, not against it, and, to avoid making everyone sick. It took 50 years, and, it is barely starting (see Gabe Brown’s book Dirt to Soil, his educational organisation Understanding Ag., Gabe said positive things about biochar during his Congress audition, February 28).


I agree with Paul, we should go at the new market, carbon sequestration.  IPCC and all international scientific organisations have recognized biochar has one of the best ways for the urgently needed carbon dioxide removal, for carbon sinks. It is a new market, with no ennemies. It is a bit like IT when it started, the first days of internet. In Canada the CO2 ton is at 40 CAD, planning to get to 170 by 2030. That should help biochar a lot. Biochar uses in materials is in my view way underestimated, and, surely, much simpler than uses in soils and as animal feeding. It works in cold asphalt where we can store lots of GtCO2—including in equivalence non carbon dioxide GHG, we emit 55 GtCO2 a year, but this number will have to go down massively and rapidly if we are to survive on this planet (for now about half goes in the atmosphere and half in oceans/soils/biomass). What cannot be reduced and what has been accumulated (1000 GtCO2) will have to be captured from the carbon cycle and stored. Combined with removal certificates, asphalt and concrete can get us going on a big scale. 


We should also insist that biochar is not just a new material, it is managing and valuing old ones, organic waste. Albert and Kathleen talk about it in Burn. In a warming world, this is a very big deal. We just cannot continue burying organic wastes the way we do or let it rot. We have to slow down Earth’s exhaling. PyCCS is the way to do that, and, it has stability no other nature-based solution has. Labile carbon becomes recalcitrant to decomposition. Biochar is a powerful negative emission technology for biogeotherapy, for regenerative development has the UN says. Biochar participates to « using life as a geological healing force », biogeotherapy. With no-till agriculture and cover crops, holistic grazing management, and reforestation, it is one of the best and financially feasible climate solutions.


I agree with Rick, helping startups to get going is probably the best way for IBI to be useful. My experience with starting a biochar business is that you have to make profits before you even get a phone. It is hell. Obviously the new interest and commitments for net-zero changes the game, it will help. New optimism is allowed. 


The Australia and New-Zealand biochar initiative has published this paper showing 8 return on investment in less than one year using biochar. How this is not enough to convince the market is beyond my understanding. 


Biochar participates to an emerging more holistic science, to a fight for a new carbon economy, and, it is part of a rising biogeotherapy diplomacy. 


Benoit in Québec


Dr. Benoit Lambert

Founder and President / Fondateur et président
Cbiochar Inc., https://cbiochar.com

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Reviewer/réviseur IPCC/GIEC, Working Group I (WGI), Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), in particular Chap. 5 Carbon dioxide removal methods/biochar.
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