To more fully increase knowledge of and communication around biochar, and to create a common understanding of biochar characteristics and markets, IBI has focused on the following specific programs:
Networking Research, Policy, and Practice: The diversity of crops, materials, soils and circumstances requires the collaboration and exchange between and among farmers, biochar producers and technology developers, education and research, laboratories, government and non-governmental organizations to develop sustainable biochar industries. IBI communicates and coordinates information and connections to facilitate the productive exchange of ideas and information to develop environmentally sound and cost effective uses of biochar.
The IBI Webinar Series connects participants to leaders in the biochar field, from business professionals to producers to academics, who present cutting-edge information, research and updates to our IBI membership.
The IBI Online Biochar Training Course, entitled Biochar Training for Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development, is an intensive training series on all aspects of biochar, presented by leading biochar experts.
State of the Biochar Industry Report: Successful commercialization of biochar systems will take many different pathways depending on desired outcomes, local conditions, and national and international policies. IBI works to track commercial and industry data to publish an annual State of the Biochar Industry Report. This annual report provides a broad overview of the current state of the biochar sector as identified by surveys and other data throughout the year and gives the expert as well as the layperson a snapshot of commercial and non-commercial biochar operations and activities.
IBI Biochar Standards: For a sustainable biochar industry to succeed, it must provide certainty to consumers and markets about biochar and its safe use as a soil amendment. The IBI Biochar Standards provide the tools needed to universally and consistently define what biochar is, and to confirm that a product intended for sale or use as biochar possesses the necessary characteristics for safe use. The IBI Biochar Standards also provide common reporting requirements for biochar that will aid researchers in their ongoing efforts to link specific functions of biochar to its beneficial soil and crop impacts.
IBI Biochar Certification Program is a voluntary, self-certifying, biochar certification program administered by IBI. The purpose of the program is to provide biochar manufacturers (also referred to as biochar producers) the opportunity to certify their biochar(s) as having met the minimum criteria established in the most recent version of theIBI Biochar Standards.