Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Final Frontier for Biochar. Carbon Credits.

British Biochar Foundation is Pleased to Announce
The Final Frontier for Biochar,
CARBON CREDITS.

The British Biochar Foundation would like to draw your attention to the following approved CDM methodology, which was approved in June 2012. The methodology wasn’t submitted by the British Biochar Foundation, only located by it, ACM0021.

This is the first methodology approved by the UNFCCC that could allow carbon credits to be generated from the biochar arena. The approved CDM methodology will help to clean up charcoal production in developing countries – and for existing biochar projects that are using traditional technologies, will also help the biochar arena

The CDM approved methodology is based on methane reduction rather than carbon storage – so is applicable to both charcoal and biochar production. At present, there is no methodology by which to measure the unique stable carbon storage in biochar that will satisfy the CDM Executive Board, but this is being actively investigated by the International Biochar Initiative (IBI).

At present the CDM methodology is quite limited in its scope and focuses on small scale, community-based clean charcoal production but it is possible that in the future it could be developed and refined further, as well as other methodologies along similar principles

The CDM is the Clean Development Mechanism that was established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol (KP). It allows project developers based in already industrialised countries to invest in clean development projects in industrialising countries and to acquire some of the carbon credits associated with those projects (compared to a baseline case of ‘what would have happened without the project’) for use back in the domestic market. A capped percentage of the EU Emission Trading Scheme CO2 emission allowances can be ‘brought into’ the scheme from industrialising countries and contribute to European companies and countries meeting their emission reduction targets.  In order to qualify as a CDM project, however, a well-developed methodology must be submitted and approved by a panel of experts. This is necessary to ensure that claimed CO2 reductions from the promotion of clean development are genuine..

If you are interested in working with us on realising the value of stored carbon, in any capacity, please do get in touch.

If you’re also interested in funding the work at the BBF, please get in touch.  With your help we can perform wondrous things!

A copy of the methodology can be found  here.

And the cdm.unfccc.int web site for more  information about the CDM and  approved methodologies

UKBRC Eat, Drink and Biochar Event.

UK Biochar Research Center.
Eat, Drink and Biochar Event.
21 March, 2013

The UKBRC is hosting a special Food and Drink sector event to highlight how biochar and pyrolysis can benefit growers, processors and retailers.  Key topics will include converting organic wastes to biochar, the benefits of biochar in soil, reducing the carbon footprint and energy potential.  Visitors will recieve a tour of the UKBRC facilities, and learn about funding opportunities for Research and Development.

To register for this FREE half day event, click here