27.11.2020

# New Publications

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Lefebvre, David; et al. (2020): Modelling the potential for soil carbon sequestration using biochar from sugarcane residues in Brazil

Lefebvre, David; Williams, Adrian; Meersmans, Jeroen; Kirk, Guy J. D.; Sohi, Saran; Goglio, Pietro; Smith, Pete (2020): Modelling the potential for soil carbon sequestration using biochar from sugarcane residues in Brazil. In Sci Rep 10 (1), p. 19479. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-76470-y.

"Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) cultivation leaves behind around 20 t ha−1 of biomass residue after harvest and processing. We investigated the potential for sequestering carbon (C) in soil with these residues by partially converting them into biochar (recalcitrant carbon-rich material)."

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19.10.2020

# Political Papers

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Bier, Harald; et al. (2020): Biochar-based carbon sinks to mitigate climate change

Bier, Harald; Gerber, Helmut; Huber, Marcel; Junginger, Hannes; Kray, Daniel; Lange, Jörg et al. (2020): Biochar-based carbon sinks to mitigate climate change. EBI Whitepaper. European Biochar Industry Consortium e.V. (EBI).

"In parallel with the reduction of emissions, a start must now be made on expanding and further developing the existing options for creating carbon sinks. The magnitude of the task is enormous: in order to achieve climate neutrality in the European Union, the volume of sinks to be created annually must increase to at least 850 million tonnes of CO2 by the year 2050. Three solutions: afforestation/reforestation; biochar/biomass pyrolysis; and the build-up of soil organic matter can be implemented in the short and medium term and there is no reason why they should not be expanded rapidly."

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19.10.2020

# New Publications

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Feng, Dongdong; et al. (2020): Review of Carbon Fixation Evaluation and Emission Reduction Effectiveness for Biochar in China

Feng, Dongdong; Wang, Shizhang; Zhang, Yu; Zhao, Yijun; Sun, Shaozeng; Chang, Guozhang et al. (2020): Review of Carbon Fixation Evaluation and Emission Reduction Effectiveness for Biochar in China. In Energy Fuels 34 (9), pp. 10583–10606. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c02396.

"As the world’s largest energy consumer (i.e., 24% of the world) and one of the largest biomass resource reserve countries (i.e., total reserves of 73.42 × 108 t a–1), for China, using biomass to prepare for biochar and store it in soil to realize the “carbon sequestration and emission reduction” is of great significance. This paper explores the physical–chemical properties of biochar and finds out its reason–manifestation–influencing factors for “carbon sequestration reduction”."

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05.10.2020

# New Publications

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Sundberg, Cecilia; et al. (2020): Biochar from cookstoves reduces greenhouse gas emissions from smallholder farms in Africa. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change

Sundberg, Cecilia; Karltun, Erik; Gitau, James K.; Kätterer, Thomas; Kimutai, Geoffrey M.; Mahmoud, Yahia et al. (2020): Biochar from cookstoves reduces greenhouse gas emissions from smallholder farms in Africa. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. In Mitig Adapt Strat Glob Change 25 (6), pp. 953–967. DOI: 10.1007/S11027-020-09920-7.

"The aim of the reported research was to estimate effects on food production, household energy access and life cycle climate impact from introduction of biochar-producing cookstoves on smallholder farms in Kenya."

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05.08.2020

# Calls & events

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Call for Participation: Online survey on Biochar in the UK

No Deadline

"The questions concern biochar as an option for managing environmental challenges in the UK. Biochar is a form of charcoal that can be applied to soils for its effects on forestry, agriculture and carbon abatement."

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27.07.2020

# Projects

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Project: NEGEM - Quantifying and Deploying Responsible Negative Emissions

"A team of scientists together with climate and policy experts from leading international organizations in 11 countries*, grouped under the new Horizon 2020 project NEGEM, will quantify and assess the feasibility and the realistic potential of carbon dioxide removal, as a supplementary strategy to emission mitigation."

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14.07.2020

# Media

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Soil Carbon Alliance: Rock Powder with Biorock: Synergies & Co-Benefits

"Biochar and rock powders can provide major, cost-effective, atmospheric CO2 sinks to reverse climate change through nature-based solutions, or planetary BioGeoTherapy."

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29.06.2020

# New Publications

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Hansson, Anders; et al. (2020): Biochar as multi-purpose sustainable technology: experiences from projects in Tanzania

Hansson, Anders; Haikola, Simon; Fridahl, Mathias; Yanda, Pius; Mabhuye, Edmund; Pauline, Noah (2020): Biochar as multi-purpose sustainable technology: experiences from projects in Tanzania. In Environ Dev Sustain. DOI: 10.1007/s10668-020-00809-8.

"The study is as an empirical contribution to the, as of yet, underdeveloped literature on deployment of negative emissions technologies in LDCs in general and on biochar use in developing countries and LDCs specifically. "

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20.04.2020

# New Publications

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Edeh, Ifeoma G.; et al. 2020: “A Meta-Analysis on Biochar’s Effects on Soil Water Properties – New Insights and Future Research Challenges.”

Edeh, Ifeoma G., Ondřej Mašek, and Wolfram Buss. 2020: “A Meta-Analysis on Biochar’s Effects on Soil Water Properties – New Insights and Future Research Challenges.” Science of The Total Environment 714 (April 2020): 136857. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136857.

"This meta-analysis of the available literature for the first time quantitatively assess the effect of not just biochar application, but different biochar properties on the full sets of key soil hydraulic parameters, i.e., the available water content (AWC), saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat), field capacity (FC), permanent wilting point (PWP) and total porosity (TP)."

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20.04.2020

# Calls & events

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Call for Papers: Special Issue "Bioenergy and Biochar: Repurposing Waste to Sustainable Energy and Materials"

Deadline: 30. June 2020

"The aim of this Special Issue is to include the latest bioenergy and biochar advancements and incorporation to a bioeconomy in transition. This Special Issue focuses on nature, properties, upgrading and bioenergy generation processes from all types of biomass waste and biochars originating from biomass waste."

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