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Reminder: Your Comments Needed by November 15 on IBI Guidelines for Specifications of Biochars

Tue, 10/25/2011
Kelpie Wilson

IBI would like to remind all of those with an interest in biochar to submit comments on the Guidelines for Specifications of Biochars before 15 November 2011. On October 15, IBI posted these draft IBI Guidelines for the Specifications of Biochars for public review and comment. Formerly referred to as "Biochar Standards," these guidelines were created by the biochar community, including several different working groups of biochar experts who volunteered their time to draft and revise this document. Throughout the process, drafts and revisions have been posted to the IBI website and comments and suggestions from the public have been collected and incorporated. 

IBI needs your input into this process. If you have questions or would like more information, please sign up for the Webinar we are offering at two different times this week. Click on one of the links below to sign up:

October 27, 2011 at 3:00 am GMT 
This time/date corresponds to the times given below on 26 October 2011 in these locations:
5pm-7pm Hawaii
8pm-10pm (North America Pacific) – San Francisco, Vancouver
11pm – 1am (North America Eastern) – New York, Toronto

October 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm GMT 
This time/date corresponds to the times given below on 28 October 2011 in these locations:
8:00 am - 10:00 am (Pacfic Time, US) Los Angeles, San Francisco
11:00 am - 1 pm (Eastern Time, US) New York, Washington
5:00 pm – 7 pm (Central European Summer Time CEST) Berlin, Paris, Warsaw
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm (India IST) Delhi, Kolkata
11 pm – 1 am (on Oct 29th) (Malaysia MYT, China CST) Kuala Lumpur, Beijing
12 am  – 2 am (on Oct 29th) (JST Japan) Tokyo
2 am -4 am (on Oct 29th)  (Australia EDT) Sydney
4 am - 6am (on Oct 29th)  (New Zealand NZDT) Wellington, Aukland

If you cannot attend one of the webinars, you can view the webinar presentation and other background materials online at

Many people have already submitted excellent comments and important suggestions for needed changes to the draft document. Your input is critically important, helping to ensure that these Guidelines will be useful in building broad public acceptance of biochar as a well-understood material that is safe to apply to soil. Please, if you have not done so already, read the draft Guidelines and give us your suggestions for improving them. Send your comments to before November 15.

Please note that these Guidelines are intended as voluntary, international guidelines that can be used by any local, national or regional body that wishes to adopt them as the basis for any regulatory or standards regime to advance the use and commercialization of biochar. Regardless of the use that any other entity makes of these guidelines, IBI will use them in an IBI Biochar Certification program, to be developed starting in 2012. 

The next steps, after the comment period closes on November 15, will be to incorporate the suggestions and comments to produce a final draft document. IBI will then submit the final document to IBI members in a balloting process. 

IBI wishes to thank all of those who have participated in this biochar community process and to encourage those who have not yet shared their thoughts to do so by submitting your comments to