The development of biochar as a soil amendment so improve water retention, amend soil pH and biological imbalances, improve fertility and potentially to sequester carbon, is at a very early stage. Consequently there are no generally agreed definitions, standards or best practices for its application in any of its potential fields of service, nor are there any universal measures of expected outcomes or results which can vary widely depending on how the biochar is produced, how it is applied and the kinds of soil, climate and land management regimes in which it is used.
There’s a lot of work being done in a number of areas and a variety of organisations which are suggesting potential standards and best practises but for the moment they are all either in development or voluntary. In essence the situation is currently buyer beware and home producer be careful.
This part of AllBlackEarth exists to collect and discuss the development of policy, regulation and standards that apply to biochar and its use in all areas.
For more information you might want to start here for New Zealand updates and at IBI for more international and advanced discussions. IBI also have a NZ biochar policy page. Another perspective on biochar policy issues can be found on the Biochar-policy discussion forum here:
Feel free to add comments or links to relevant documents that will help policy makers, regulators and interested parties to come to reasonable, effective policies that enable users to feel confident that they have good products of acceptable standards that they can use effectively in their own landscapes.
Thank you Peter Winsley for this timely contribution in support of biochar in NZ. AND do follow the reference to Phil Steven’s article (which is new to me and also remains extremely relevant to our current situation). … Continue reading →
Here is a link to the Farmers Weekly report. It is a pity they did not choose a more appropriate image (but you could feed your goldfish biochar… it would be good for them). Here is a link to the … Continue reading →
Ralph Sims talks to … “The third and final section of the latest IPCC report outlines how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as remove them from the atmosphere.“ He mentions biochar in the discussion… ““Soil carbon has … Continue reading →
I’ve attended one of the virtual HWEN road shows and today, a followup Q&A session. I managed to squeeze in two short biochar related Qs from my phone. Both Qs were answered by Dr Jacqueline Roweth: 1.) “Biochar can be … Continue reading →
NZAGRC has recently shared a report covering their progress in 2021. The report does mention biochar on pg30… I posted on this MPI commissioned report here: https://soilcarbon.org.nz/important-new-report-for-nz/ I can’t recall seeing any synopsis coming from the Wellington presentation but I … Continue reading →
It looks like this was released on 17May but it has only just come to my attention.The report is dated December 2020 so it has been floating about for awhile.I hear that it will be discussed in Wellington on 10June.I … Continue reading →
CANCELLED The preliminary announcement to the left was shared with the ABE newsletter list on 14 March. The BNNZ committee have decided to reschedule the AGM to 13 May and and conduct a remote event via Zoom. This will still … Continue reading →
‘Our man in Wellington’ has released a new paper on biochar. This has been prepared to update policy folk in the capital… fingers crossed that it will be seen by receptive eyes. Check it out here: https://winsleys.wordpress.com/2020/02/14/economic-opportunities-for-biochar-in-new-zealand/ … Continue reading →
The following PR has just been circulated: BNNZ Government Agency briefing – Wellington, 11 September Government policy work on the Carbon Zero bill highlights connections between climate change, carbon sequestration and agriculture. Water quality and allocation are also topical with … Continue reading →
Check out Peter’s submission. I’m sure a few biochar folk have posted… it would be good to have links to others ideas & thinking on biochar & the bill. via Submission on Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Bill I’ve looked … Continue reading →