Biochar is mitigating climate change
Climate change is currently the biggest global challenge for humanity. Containment of the greenhouse gas-induced temperature increase to below 2° will only be possible by capturing and storing large quantities of carbon from the atmosphere. Pyrolytically produced biochar offers an immense potential to remove carbon from the atmosphere in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way, to bind it in the long term and thus – together with the necessary rigorous reduction of fossil CO2 emissions – to make a significant contribution to the fight climate change.
The importance of negative emissions
In order to mitigate climate change, negative emissions at massive scale have to be established.
Three options for negative emissions
These options are readily available, cost-effective today and provide for co-benefits:
Increasing the amount of carbon stored in forests and preference for material use of biomass
Pyrogenic Carbon Capture and Storage (PyCCS), particularly the use of biochar for animal husbandry, soil improvement and in construction
Increasing the amount of Soil Organic Matter (SOM) by adapted land management practice
Whitepaper: Mit Pflanzenkohle basierten Kohlenstoffsenken dem Klimawandel entgegenwirken
The EBI has elaborated an extensively researched paper which demonstrates, on a scientific basis, that biochar and biomass pyrolysis is a key technology in the fight against climate change. Find the German version here.