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The association has now new website and logo. The logo has a shape of a benzene and the colors of the logo illustrate the origin of biochar and its multiple applications. Welcome to our new website!
Biochar is an ancient innovation that can be a key factor when aiming towards carbon negative economy and society and is a simple tool in fight against global warming. Biochar has been included in the latest IPCC SR15- report and it mitigates climate change by allowing sequestration of atmospheric CO2 and storing it into the soil. Carbon rich material or biomass could be converted into biochar, practically permanent sink of carbon. This is based on the idea that first growing biomas removes atmospheric CO2 through photosynthesis and then this biomass is pyrolyzed into biochar and stored in soil. If biomass is burned or it is not used it will decompose rapidly and will release its carbon back to the atmosphere. When bound in biochar carbon can be safely stored even for hundreds or thousands of years. Biochar is one of the few technologies that is relatively inexpensive, widely applicable, and quickly scalable
Increasing soil carbon conten is safe, efficient and reliable way to mitigate climate change. Soil already stores multiple times more carbon than the atmosphere. Biochar or charcoal already exists naturally in the soils from forest fires and slash-and-burn practices.
Finnish Biochar Association supports only sustainable biochar production and use. The association promotes the use of European Biochar Certificate (EBC) which also monitors and sets criterias for sustainable raw materials. Additional information and list of positive feedstock can be found here.
In Finland biochar is produced from wood-based biomass such as industry side streams, willow and certified fiber. Raw material selection, production conditions and various enrichment processes can be used to significantly impact on the biochar properties. In other words, there are various versions of biochar with different properties and one type of biochar cannot have all the wanted properties at the same time.
Biochar can be used in multiple ways. According to this report there are at least known 55 applications for biochar. Even though biochar research is rapidly expanding, several biochar applications still need a further research. However, there are several well developed applications currently being commercialized.
In Finland the most relevant biochar applications are related to green building, filtering, urban development, agriculture and carbon sequestration.
Finnish Biochar Association organizes biochar related seminars and workshops. All members are welcome to our events.
Finnish Biochar Seminars are international and concentrate on analyzing the overall development of the biochar industry for example through latest research results.
Finnish Biochar Workshops concentrate on on networking and getting to know more about biochar production, applications and biochar based products.
soil, air and water
Biochar is one of the most efficient and readily available ways to sequestrate carbon and mitigate climate change. According to the study, biochar could be used to offset 12% of of the world’s anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions
The porosity and absorption capacities of biochar improve the interaction between water, nutrients and microbes in the soil. This activated soils microbiological machinery.
Biochar could be used to recover contaminated areas and brownfields as it increases soil fertility and improves growth of crops, trees and other flora. In addition, it improves ground’s capability of handling drought and flooding.
Biochar can be enriched with nutrients and microbes for example in compost. Enriched biochar is long-term fertilized which improves growth especially in perennial plants.
Get to know the latest case examples
The City of Stockholm is known as forerunner in biochar applications.
Sirppujoki water quality improvement and flooding prevention
Mikkeli is starting to utilize biochar in stormwater management
by Finnish Biochar Association
The Finnish Biochar Association is pleased to announce that the map of biochar activities in Finland is now published. The map is continuously updated and will include more details in the future.
Biochar may represent the single most important initiative for humanity’s environmental future. The biochar approach provides a uniquely powerful solution, for it allows us to address food security, the fuel crisis, and the climate problem, and all in an immensely practical manner.- Prof. Tim Flannery, 2007 Australian of the Year
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