May 24, 2019; 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET (U.S.)
The biochar industry welcomed the inclusion of biochar in the IPCC’s recent Special Report as one of only six negative emissions technologies (NET) that may be capable of significantly rebalancing carbon. However, the maximum drawdown potential estimated in their report looked only at biochar’s use in soils, presumably agricultural soils and presumably only included biochar made from wood waste and agricultural residues.
Biochar can have a much bigger and bolder impact on carbon rebalancing if we look beyond these constraints. Feedstock and end uses for biochar have been expanding rapidly over the past few years. Organic ‘waste’ such as seaweed, food waste, manures and biosolids are being viewed as excellent materials that can be converted from materials that traditionally emit large amounts of greenhouse gases as they decay into long term carbon storage vehicles. Banking carbon in the form of biochar can be done in soils and cities, in consumables and composites that can last for generations. The carbon math behind various new end uses for biochar shows that the potential for carbon removal using biochar is far greater than previously imagined.
In this webinar this expanded perspective of biochar will be discussed by Albert Bates and Kathleen Draper, co-authors of BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth.
Albert Bates is a lawyer, scientist, teacher and founder of the Global Village Institute. His books include The Biochar Solution; Burn: Using Fire to Cool the Earth; Climate in Crisis; The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook; Plastic: From Pollution to Evolution and The Paris Agreement. He is a Board member of the US Biochar Initiative.
Kathleen is a member of the IBI Board and US Biochar Initiative Board. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute. Kathleen also works with various different universities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger” and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Planet”.