The Italian Biochar Association (ICHAR) was established in 2009 to create synergy and collaboration between the research institutions and the private sector in promoting solutions, technologies, advanced studies and demonstration activities related to the use of biochar as a possible strategy to mitigate GHG emissions and simultaneously increase crop productivity.
Since 2009 ICHAR partners are:
In 2012 ICHAR made request to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture for the inclusion of biochar in the list of soil amendment allowed in Italian agriculture. In August 2015 the request has been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, opening a new phase for biochar production, commercialisation and use in Italy.
ICHAR, in collaboration with the Fondazione Minoprio, organized the first Mediterranean Biochar Symposium that was held in Vertemate con Minoprio from 17 to 18 January 2013.
The second Mediterranean Biochar Symposium was organised by ICHAR in collaboration with University of Palermo and was held in Palermo on January 2014.
In the occasion of Milano EXPO 2015, under the umbrella of “CNRxEXPO” initiative, ICHAR in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (CNR) organised a biochar conference at the Italian Pavilion at EXPO on June 25th 2015. From 26 to 28 of June, ICHAR with University of Milan and CNR was the promoter of a Biochar exposition that gathered for three days, in the gardens of University of Milan, researchers, farmers, and producers of pyrolysis plants.