WHAT IS BIOCHAR?A solid material derived from thecarbonisation of biomass. It is a fine-grained charcoal made by pyrolysis.
HOW VALUABLE IS BIOCHAR?Biochar is a powerfully simple tool tofight global warming. Transfersagricultural waste into a soil enhancerthat can hold carbon, boost foodsecurity, and discourage deforestation.(Biochar International 2012)
Soils• Can be added to soils to improve fertility• Reduce emissions from biomass.• Improves water quality and quantity
Measurable & VerifiableIt is measurable and verifiable in acharacterisation scheme.(Biochar International 2012)
Agriculture• Help improve agricultural productivity• Valuable resource• Value-added product for urban and rural• agriculture and forest communities• Reduces forest fires• Creates jobs(Sustainable, Obtainable Solutions 2009)
Agriculture (Continued)Biochar is considered by manyscientists to be the "black gold" foragriculture (Ansari, p. 1 of 1 2009)
HARMFULNESS• Not enough research proves biochar willbe valuable to Australian soils (The Bio EnergyWebsite 2012).• Feedstock availability• Biochar handling• Biochar system deployment(Bracmort, KS 2009)
ETHICSEnvironmental benefits with no disruptionto the Murrumbidgee community(Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc 2012).
In Summary……..• Biochar reduces emission gases• Numerous benefits to soils• Measurable and verifiable• Improves agricultural productivity• Research gaps are still evident• Holds strong ethics to it’s people.