Pyrogenic Carbon Capture & Storage: a key climate technology

February 20, 2019; 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

The IPCC’s recent Special Report listed biochar and pyrogenic carbon capture & storage (PyCCS) as one of only six negative emissions technologies (NET) that may be capable of rebalancing carbon. This webinar will discuss the implications for the biochar industry and what work still needs to be done to optimize the carbon drawdown impact of pyrolyzing organic materials.

As a result of biochar being included in the IPCCs recommendations, new economic opportunities are emerging including the potential for trading carbon sink (C-sinks) certificates. C-sinks differ from carbon offsets in that they persist for varying lengths of time as compared to a one-time only reduction in fossil fuel use.  Hans-Peter Schmidt will discuss the concept behind PyCCS, the opportunities for the industry and a new C-sink trading scheme evolving in Europe that may roll out as soon as this year.

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Hans-Peter Schmidt, Presenter

Hans-Peter Schmidt has been a pioneer in the field of biochar since 2008.  He has worked on all aspects of biochar including the creation of a wide variety of biochar production equipment, biochar production in high and low technology scenarios, application techniques, field trial design, biochar characterization, and biochar education (cocreator of the Biochar Journal).  In addition Hans-Peter has designed and used biochar plaster as a building material and is working on biochar plastics. He has extensive experience working across Europe and has worked on developing world projects as well including Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana and Cuba. He created and manages the European Biochar Certificate (EBC) who, in 2019, will introduce Carbon Sink Certification and trading.

Kathleen Draper, Moderator

Kathleen is a member of the IBI Board and Chair of IBI’s Information Hub. 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”.

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