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Biochar

biochar treeSustainable biochar is a powerfully simple tool to fight global warming. This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and discourage deforestation. Sustainable biochar is one of the few technologies that is relatively inexpensive, widely applicable, and quickly scalable.

Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonisation of biomass. Biochar may be added to soils with the intention to improve soil functions and to reduce emissions from biomass that would otherwise naturally degrade to greenhouse gases. Biochar also has appreciable carbon sequestration value. These properties are measurable and verifiable in a characterisation scheme, or in a carbon emission offset protocol.

To read more about the basics of biochar, please see:
http://www.biochar-international.org/biochar 

Participate in an IBI Public Survey to Collect Information on the Global Biochar Industry

As part of our ongoing efforts to identify trends in the evolution of the biochar industry, IBI is launching a survey to gather data on global biochar enterprise activity in 2014. We request the participation of any individual or business that is actively commercializing a product or service related to biochar to help ensure the report accurately highlights the current breadth of the industry. The data collected will be analyzed and published in aggregated form later this year in our 2014 State of the Biochar Industry Report.

The survey collects data on activities related to commercial production, distribution, and marketing within three biochar business sectors: 1) biochar production and/or sales; 2) biochar production equipment manufacturers; and 3) other biochar-related enterprises. Survey respondents will be directed to answer questions based on the type of biochar business sector they operate or work for. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. The deadline for responding is September 15, 2014.

You can take the survey at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1748880/Biochar-Business-Survey-for-2014.

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