European Biochar research networking project started: 4 years of cooperation in Biochar science and technology

EU COST Action TD1107 'Biochar as option for sustainable resource management' - A European attempt to interconnect sacttered Biochar research has been started in 2012 and will support Biochar research coordination in Europe during the next 4 years

COST Action TD1107 'Biochar as option for sustainable resource management' is funded by COST as part of the European Union (COST) and is coordinated by Soil Biogeochemistry/Institute of Nutritional and Agricultural Sciences at Halle University, Germany.

This Action connects scattered European Biochar research to enable quick implementation of intelligent material flow management systems, to maintain or improve soil quality while efficiently sequestering carbon in the long-term.

Current Biochar research is often fragmented, unnecessarily repeated, and new scientific evidence is not connected or implemented, due to the lack of interaction and knowledge exchange. Therefore, this Action aims at coordinating European Biochar research, bringing together researchers, stakeholders and potential users from EU and candidate countries.

This will be accomplished by annual Biochar Workshops, Short-Term Scientific Missions among young, senior and female researchers, Training Schools, and an internet platform (you are visiting it now!) to monitor and streamline Biochar R&D.

 

Four Working Groups will focus on

(i) Biochar production and characterisation

(ii) land use implementation

(iii) economic analysis including life cycle assessment

(iv) environmental impact assessment.

 

The Action will thus strengthen EU's leadership in the increasing competition with non-European Biochar actors. Innovative Biochar strategies can help the EU mitigating greenhouse gases, while industries and farmers benefit from new markets, opportunities and use of improved soils, e.g. for biofuel production without endangering food supply. However, a risk assessment is necessary to protect food web and human health.

The Action will thus strengthen EU's leadership in the increasing competition with non-European Biochar actors.

 

Visit the official website of the Action within the COST frame for general information