Carbon neutrality and CO2 sequestration

Rethinking carbon: the biochar effect


Oct 30, 2023


11:00 - 12:15

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Rethinking carbon: the biochar effect

Biochar Carbon Removal: key insights into the most scalable and durable carbon removal solution available today 

Biochar carbon removal (BCR) is a carbon dioxide removal approach based on incorporating biochar into stable matrices such as soil or construction materials. This approach is already widely available, currently accounting for over two thirds of durable carbon removal deliveries. In this presentation we will go through an overview of the voluntary carbon removal market and its trends, the key elements of BCR and the different stakeholders required to certify, verify and validate these projects to instill trust and transparency in the nascent carbon removal market.

Berta Moya
Dr. Berta Moya

Carbon removal sourcing manager at Carbonfuture

Berta Moya is a biochemical and environmental engineer with a PhD in soil sciences and circular economy. She is passionate about climate change mitigation and creating value from waste, which led her to the biochar sector around five years ago. At Carbonfuture, she helps carbon removal project developers navigate certification processes and access the voluntary carbon market.

Pyrogenic Carbon Capture and Storage - Negative emissions made by plants and fire

Pyrogenic Carbon Capture and Storage or short "PyCCS", i.e. the production and application of biochar is negative emission technology based on carbon removal by plants, the transformation of labile biomass into recalcitrant form and its application in agriculture, construction materials or elsewhere - without burning it. This presentation will introduce the fundamentals of PyCCS (also referred to as BCR - biochar carbon removal), provide an overview on co-benefits of biochar application and outline its prospects and limits.

Nikolas Hagemann
Dr. Nikolas Hagemann

Collaborator at Agroscope in the research group “Environmental analytical chemistry” and Research director at Ithaka Institute and Board member of the NGO German Biochar

Nikolas Hagemann is a geo-ecologist working on biochar for more than ten years. He studied and earned his PhD at the University of Tübingen on the interaction of biochar and nitrogen in soil and compost. Today, he is working on optimising biochar production and application in agriculture, biochar certification as a product and as a negative emissions. Also he is working on other negative emission technologies such as enhanced weathering.

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