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Climate-friend­ly, pro­motes animal welfare, improves soil…

Biochar deserves more atten­tion. It is not a miracle weapon against climate change, but it can make a deci­sive con­tri­bu­tion to reduc­ing our CO2-emis­sions. Our Pflanzenkohle.news aims to provide you with concise, well-founded infor­ma­tion that covers the theory and prac­tice of biochar. Whether you are a novice or expert, we provide you with news, spe­cial­ist arti­cles and event tips. We will also gladly answer any ques­tions you may have – as Euro­pean Biochar Indus­try Con­sor­tium (EBI) we are in contact with leading biochar experts.

Biochar. What is it, anyway?

Biochar is charred biomass. It is usually pro­duced in envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly, pyrolyt­ic process­es where biomass (e.g. green waste, wood chips or fruit seeds) is not burned but charred. Depend­ing on the quality level, it is also used in the form of feeding char or acti­vat­ed carbon. Biochar is an excel­lent source of energy, water and nutri­ents. That is why it has such diverse appli­ca­tions: in the garden and vine­yard, in urban areas and agri­cul­tur­al land, in indus­try, med­i­cine and stables… In con­trast to hard coal or lignite, biochar is absolute­ly envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly and plays an impor­tant role in the fight against climate change. Almost zero carbon is released during its pro­duc­tion process; instead, most of it is bound in the biochar over the long term. What’s more, the pro­duc­tion of biochar is not in com­pe­ti­tion with food pro­duc­tion, as it is usually pro­duced from excess biomass.

Fight­ing the green­house effect

Biochar binds so much carbon that it is con­sid­ered CO2-neg­a­tive. This means that it can sub­sti­tute large quan­ti­ties of CO2 and thus reduce the green­house gas effect. But it is not only carbon that is extract­ed from the atmos­phere; the ability of biochar to bind large quan­ti­ties of water-dis­solved nutri­ents results in sig­nif­i­cant­ly lower nitrous oxide and methane emis­sions in live­stock and crop farming.

Improv­ing animal welfare

For a long time, biochar in the form of acti­vat­ed carbon has been regard­ed as an impor­tant means for binding toxins in (animal) med­i­cine. But biochar has many more uses: In the barn, it pro­motes feed effi­cien­cy as a feed addi­tive and reduces large-scale release of harmful ammonia and methane emis­sions. It can also sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce the use of antibi­otics.

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Sep­a­rat­ing pol­lu­tants with biochar

Sep­a­rat­ing pol­lu­tants with biochar

Pol­lu­tants from soil, water and gases can be removed with biochar. Accord­ing to Weber (Indus­trielle Anwen­dun­gen von Bio­massekar­bon­isat­en. Adsorp­tion­s­mit­tel, in: Quicker/Weber 2016, Biokohle), these can be organic pol­lu­tants…

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