June/July 2023

Global Biochar Industry News

IBI Updates

The First IBI Biochar Academy is a Wrap!

Training the Future of the Biochar Industry

This June, International Biochar Initiative (IBI) launched the inaugural Biochar Academy: an in-person and online learning project modeling a train-the-trainers education approach to develop a global biochar workforce.

The IBI Biochar Academy provides direct training for farmers, agriculture extension agents, policymakers, climate-smart agriculture organizational staff, climate project developers, and researchers interested in practical knowledge.

Conceptualized and organized by IBI Board Chair, Kathleen Draper, the two-week event was taught by nearly two dozen of the world’s foremost biochar experts from academia and industry.

The Academy attracted an exceptional first global cohort of 37 professionals representing 20 countries. The participants got an opportunity to connect with biochar leaders, share their unique perspectives and knowledge, and build life-long connections with fellow participants to work together for the growth of the global biochar industry. 

Learn More about the Inaugural Biochar Academy

Stay Informed about Biochar eAcademy

IBI is actively seeking partners for impact

Biochar, as a sustainable and multi-purpose climate solution technology, can help build resilience in local communities that are high-risk and sensitive to the impacts of climate change. Our goal is to continue the Biochar Academy education program by creating eLearning modules, making the Academy curriculum more accessible to a global audience who can apply this knowledge to help their local communities.

Stay informed about the Biochar eAcademy by filling out this short form.

Would you like to offer the Biochar eAcademy to employees, students, and/or customers? Are you interested in helping us amplify the impact of Biochar eAcademy? 

Join us as we are actively seeking partners who can connect us with local communities and organizations as well as with potential funding opportunities. If you are interested in collaborating, please reach out to our Development Manager, Mehdeen Abbasi at m.abbasi@biochar-international.org.

Registration Now Open for IBI Swiss Study Tour – Switzerland

27–29 September, 2023

Join us for an unforgettable experience on the IBI Study Tour in Switzerland! Hosted in cooperation with Carbon Standards International, you'll explore the world of biochar through sightseeing some of the most innovative and versatile biochar projects.

Learn about the latest industry updates from a variety of international stakeholders on biochar — from its production to implementation and markets. Our goal is to provide you with a deeper understanding of biochar through an immersive program and networking opportunities.

We hope you'll join us for a Global Artisan C-Sink Manager training, taking place after the Study Tour for anyone interested (included in registration).

Registration Prices*

  • USD 1,350: Registration with hotel accommodation from 26 September to 29 September, 2023 (3 nights)
  • USD 850: Registration without hotel accommodation

* 25 July is the deadline for registration with hotel accommodation. Registration without hotel accommodation will be open until all the event is sold out.

Register Now: Space is Limited! 


Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) sales rose 300% since April 2023; but 'to caveat all that, only 1.9% of those purchases have been delivered so far.'

The EBC is expanding its positive list to include sewage sludge, anaerobic digestate, manure and slurry as feedstocks for production of biochar.

Carbon removal startups are invited to sign up for more info about AirMiner's Kiloton Fund –– created to help close the funding gap for startups.

Biomass Project writes on the use of biochar and N2O emissions in agriculture

Are you interested in an opportunity to highlight your biochar research in a GLBN Research Brief? Check out the Research Brief Guide for instructions and qualifications, and then reach out to the GLBN Program Coordinator at glbn@msu.edu.

Senior Scientist at American Farmland Trust, Rachel Seman-Varner, PhD, gives an overview of how biochar is a natural climate solution in the soil health toolbox. 

“Reasons to be cheerful,” indeed. Some scientists believe biochar is quietly becoming the world’s first major carbon removal success story.

IBI members Rainbow Bee Eater and Pyrocal are featured in The Straits Times’ recent article.

Bayer AG is continuing on its path towards net zero by acquiring carbon removal credits from climate tech startup Novocarbo.

The Bio360 Expo has opened its call for speakers –– submissions due 21 July.

In the U.S.? Has your state adopted the NRCS Soil Conservation Standard Code 336? The USCC created the NRCS Code 336 Resource Hub that includes a link to identify states that have adopted the new standard, as well as suggested text for letters to send to state conservationists.

IBI Member Wakefield Biochar writes on the impact of particle size on biochar porosity.

IBI Members The Next 150 opened their first biochar production facility in Mexico — learn more. The Next150 was also featured on Mexican TV news to discuss biochar carbon removal as a powerful climate change solution.

Partner Newsletters to Read

featuring opportunities, stories, and upcoming events 

Charnet – Swiss Association for Biochar's July newsletter

Pacific Biochar is working with Seley & Co. to make softwood charcoal (i.e. biochar) available in California as an ingredient for animal feed. Learn more in their newsletter.

US Biochar Initiative’s June newsletter

KlimateNet’s June newsletter

The Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health’s (CA4SH) May newsletter

Australia and New Zealand Biochar Industry Group’s (ANZBIG) May newsletter

Carbon Business Council’s The Carbon Fix

Save the Dates!

13 July | Green Carbon Webinar

24 July | Towards Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems: Agroecology, Soil and Healthy Diets

25 July | From the soil up: how can agroecology and regenerative agriculture transform food systems?

27 – 29 September | IBI Study Tour – Switzerland (Registration now open!)

Hosted in cooperation with Carbon Standards International


New Business Members

Renewing Business Members

New Organization Members

Renewing Organization Members

Plus 30+ new and renewing professional and student members!

Stay on top of biochar trends. Become an IBI member today!


What's hotter than your pyrolysis unit? This biochar news!

A new review of research from Ohio State University suggests that biochar could be an important tool to use in agriculture to help mitigate climate change.

American Farmland Trust and partner organizations are being awarded several grants to advance adoption of biochar, traditional cover crops and revenue-generating double crops. They will also expand the geographic and functional range of the Pacific Northwest Biochar Atlas decision support tool from a regional tool to a national one and develop the ability to model the GHG benefits of biochar use.

Explore Biochar in the Southwest: a workbook offering practices on New Mexico lands as a model for making and using biochar in a relatively hot, dry, and windy environment.

BRINC’s Climate Tech is a 12-week virtual program offering early-stage founders working on carbon removal solutions the necessary tools for their technology development, commercialization, and fundraising needs. Fill out their interest form.

Terra Preta is hiring! See the job description seeking a mechanical engineer to join their team as CTO (co-founder) or founding mechanical engineer to lead the strategy and development of proprietary small-scale pyrolysis technology.

According to a review by a group of scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi), biochar could help India reduce 41.41-63.26% of emissions from agricultural and related activities by sequestering an average of 376.11 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent carbon in the soil.

PhD opportunity in biochar contribution to the anaerobic at INRAE in France – learn more.

Explore the Biochar Producers and Suppliers – UK Industry Guide. Free download!

In 2022, the global biochar market attained a value of USD 702 million. Read the Global Biochar Market Report from Expert Market Research covering forecasts and trends.

Have biochar industry or research news to share?

Send it to info@biochar-international.org for next month's newsletter.

LinkedIn  Twitter  YouTube  Facebook  Web
LinkedIn Share This Email