Could we see the Allblacks playing above AllBlackEarth one day soon? Now, if we could get the national team to offset their rather large carbon bootprint via CDR & biochar voluntary markets, then that would be a nice circular story.
Here is a link to the Yarrow stadium FB page with more on this story, including video of application work.
He mentions biochar in the discussion… ““Soil carbon has been quite controversial, as I understand it, in this approval process, quite what the role of biochar is (producing charcoaling effects from biomass and then locking it up in the soil), there are problems with doing that, so it’s not going to be a simple solution.”
A search on ‘biochar’ in the nearly 3,000 page report pulls quite a few results with some attention in bioenergy (chapter 6) but some dedicated coverage in Chapter 7: (22.214.171.124)
There are some NZ names listed as authors of this section:
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 easily measured. Why not this as soil carbon” (my followup to someone else’s Q on why HWEN was not supporting using soil carbon which JR answered verbally)
2.) “Why not allow a farm to baseline their soil carbon to best science practice and then monitor to an agreed standard. Individual farm option“
Note the reference to NZAGRC in each of the replies and my previous post on the new NZAGRC 2021 report. So, the big Q for me is: can the biochar community & BNNZ address these foreseen issues with biochar and soil carbon?
I can’t recall seeing any synopsis coming from the Wellington presentation but I guess we can say that this useful work has not lead to any new investment on biochar research. I suggest that this research investment is needed for biochar to overcome foreseen financial and practical barriers “to provide cost-effective mitigation at scale“.
Bringing biochar into the ETS would help overcome the financial barriers but so would govt support for demonstration projects. I look at the practical barriers and see exciting opportunities.
I’ve been very under-whelming recently on my posting the this site. A few months ago I managed to shut myself out of the site which is not a good look when you are the site administrator. Most of the NZ based biochar stories that I focus on here where captured as articles in the ABE newsletter but I now see that the newsletters are not an easily searchable archive so I may bring a few back here for the record… particularly the recent & busy BNNZ workshop history.
I’ve been working with the BNNZ committee on a plan to produce a series of white papers on biochar in NZ. This was actually instigated by Brian Cox from BANZ when he asked for comment on a Technical Note they had produced on bio-carbons that covered biochar. BNNZ contributed to this which is now published as TNSB82 on the BANZ website. BNNZ have also provided BANZ with a biochar focused TNSB05 which we hope to see on their website soon.
From this effort it was a simple journey to the first BNNZ white paper, BNNZ-WP-01 (see link to “Biochar explained” on the home page).
We have a long list of industry and issue focused white papers that we plan to produce. Do get in touch if you can contribute in any way.