Business Members
Organization Members

Sign Up For Email Updates

Enter your email address:

Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Twitter
Follow IBI
Photo of Biochar
Biochar Certification
Help put the Earth back in the black

International Biochar Initiative – Biochar Study Tour

(For information in German / Deutch:

Stockholm Biochar Project

October 9-11, 2017

Our June webinar presented a tantalizing look at one of the world's first urban pilot projects converting green waste into heat for district heating and biochar for urban and residential landscaping use.  Several members inquired about visiting the project to learn more with an eye towards replicating this project elsewhere.  IBI has worked with Mattias Gustafsson, the Project Manager and Bjorn Embren, Stockholm's Tree Officer to put together a 2½ day program that will provide attendees with much more depth on the project.  Additional presentations by regional experts in biochar and biochar production technologies are being added to take full advantage of the many advances in biochar production and use in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

A draft of the topics to be covered includes:

Building support for urban biochar production                                                   Mattias Gustafsson

  • Regulatory/Permitting
  • Waste Mitigation
  • Economics
    • Infrastructure
    • Operating Costs
    • Revenue Streams
    • ROI

Benefits & Uses of Biochar in Urban Landscapes                                               Bjorn Embren

  • Urban Landscapers
    • Tree Planting
    • Storm Water Management/Filtration
  • Residential
    • Building awareness & demand for biochar through pilot projects

District Heating                                                                                                              Kåre Gustafsson, Fortum Värme

  • Overview
  • Connecting biochar production heat to District Heating
  • Costs & Payments
  • Seasonal variations

Carbon Accounting/Life Cycle Assessments                                                         Cecilia Sundberg, KTH

Replication of the Stockholm Biochar Project

  • Bloomberg Philanthropy's Mission & Outreach
  • Municipal Working groups
  • Variables to consider (e.g. alternative uses for heat or electricity)
  • Lessons learned & Best practices


  • Biochar Production Plant
  • Landscaping
  • Residential test beds

Finnish Carbonization Technology                                                                             Sampo Tukiainen, CarboFex Oy, Finland

Biochar Markets                                                                                                             Kathleen Draper, IBI Board, Ithaka Institute

Biochar as a tool to reduce the agricultural GHG burden                                    Claudia Kamman, Geisenheim University

Biochar in Biowaste Management                                                                             Aino Kainulainen, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority

Carbon + - Norwegian project                                                                                     Maria Kollberg Thomassen

(Additional topics for Wednesday still being added.)


The cost includes 2½ days of workshops, tours and lunches.  Hotels and airefare are not included.

  • $300 for IBI Members
  • $400 for non-Members

To Register:

To register for the Study Tour, click here.

For more information:

For more information or if you have any questions about registration, please email Kathleen Draper at

Want to become an IBI member? Visit our membership page to help support IBI.