Past Events

Communication is a key element of EBI’s mission. Internally, we are providing a platform for mutual exchange for our members. Externally, we see it as our task to provide state-of-the-art information on biochar, its production, refinement and use.

Within the EBI consortium, we have some of the most important pioneers and entreprenneurs in the biochar industry. Our network consists of leading technology providers, biochar producers and traders, scientists, soil experts and practitioners. From agriculture to biochar carbon trading to high-tech bio-polymers as construction material – our members are at the forefront of biochar developments. In order to foster the exchange within our network and provide relevant information to the public, EBI is developping different formats of exchange.

Our past WEBInars:

Biochar as a Bitumen Extender and "Green Bitumen"



Date: March 23, 2021, 09:30 – 10:30 am CET.

Biochar in the construction sector can serve as a means to sequester carbon, to substitute fossil resources and to modify the qualities of products. Learn more about biochar in bitumen during our next webinar.


Carbonaceous materials have been studied since the 1960s to modify the properties of asphalt. The addition of carbon black has proven to lead to positive effects. Biochar could lead to similar benefits, while at the same time reducing the adverse effects on climate and environment.

Biochar acts as an antioxidant, retarding the aging process, and it stiffens the matrix of bitumen. Therewith, it can increase failure temperature, complex modulus and elastic modulus values and improve rutting resistance, leading to enhanced performance and durability.


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Dr. Alexandru Let is a chemical engineer with large expertise in nanotechnology application in material construction, including the development of processes that use recycle materials in the construction industry.
After a long history in research and product development, he joined State Asphalt (now part of Kypreos Group) where he is working on the use of biochar, toner, plastics and activated crumb rubber as additives in the asphalt industry.

Dr. Alex Let

Past Events

The European Biochar Certificate EBC

The EBC was developed to minimise risks in the use of biochar, especially in agricultural applications, and to avoid negative environmental impacts of its production. It is a voluntary industry standard, compliance with which is a mandatory part of the state approval of biochar for use in agriculture in Switzerland. Since 2020, the EBC has also certified the carbon sink potential of biochar. This means that the climate service of carbon storage by biochar can now be traded and remunerated separately. In this web seminar, Hans-Peter Schmidt and Nikolas Hagemann will talk about the importance of certification, the principles of the European Biochar Certificate and its recent adaptations and further developments, as well as the perspective of the C-sink markets. Heike Renner will present the EBC control and certification programme.
March, 02, 2021, 13:00-15:00 CEST
The VIDEO recording of the session
Presentations on EBC and EBC Sink
Presentation of the certification process by bio.inspecta


Hans-Peter Schmidt is founder and director of the Ithaka Institute, an international and non-profit network for carbon strategies and climate farming. Hans-Peter has many years of experience working with biochar, especially in agricultural applications with numerous projects around the world. In particular, his contributions to biochar standardisation and certification, as well as to the sustainable production and use of biochar, have made him an integral and important part of the international biochar community.



Nikolas Hagemann is a research associate at Agroscope in Zurich and managing director of the German Ithaka Institute. As a geoecologist, he has been working on the production and application of biochar for 10 years. He has been a member of the board of the German Biochar Association since 2018.



Heike Renner is the responsible product manager, certifier and contact person for the European Biochar Certificate (EBC) at bio.inspecta AG, headquartered in Frick, Switzerland. She has experience in various international organic and sustainability labels and has accompanied EBC since the beginning in the development of independent inspection and certification services in the international sector.



Green Asphalt: First implementation in Europe

In agriculture, biochar is already helping to promote animal health, reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions and nitrogen losses and improve soils. In the industrial and construction sectors, there is even greater potential to sequester carbon permanently. One example is the use of biochar as an aggregate in asphalt. A cooperation between the energy and biochar producer EnergieWerk Ilg, the road construction company MIGU Asphaltbau Ges.m.b.H. and the system supplier Syncraft shows that the addition of biochar to asphalt can result in a climate-positive product.

November 12, 2020, 17:00-18:30 CEST


The participation is free of charge for EBI members, €50 for non-members.
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Premium Members have the possibility to invite two friends or colleagues from other organizations.


After completing his studies in environmental process engineering, Marcel Huber worked as a researcher and head of R&D focusing on renewable energies at the MCI University of Applied Sciences in Innsbruck. Driven by the need to use biomass as efficiently as possible, he founded the company SynCraft, whose plants achieve the highest carbon efficiencies through the production of biochar and where he is still a managing partner today. As a board member of the EBI, he is promoting the scaling up of the use of biochar, among other things in the construction industry in the so-called “green asphalt”.



Harald Bier is a geographer with a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Aid. After learning about the potential of biochar from pioneers of the biochar movement a good ten years ago, he has promoted its use in agriculture and climate change adaption, particularly in an international context. His focus has been on projects in disaster and risk management, as well as soil construction. He has been recognised for his pioneering work in this field and for creating livelihood interventions based on local material cycles. Today, Harald heads the office of the European Biochar Industry Consortium.



Introduction to the Carbon Trading Platform

Hannes Junginger, CEO of Carbonfuture, will give us an insight into their innovative transaction platform for fully auditable carbon sink accounting. Built on blockchain, the Carbonfuture platform is providing verifiable end-to-end carbon removal accounting and flexible trading while acknowledging carbon sequestration over time.
May 26, 2020, 17:00-18:00 CEST


The participation is free of charge for EBI members, €50 for non-members.
In order to register for this event, please send a request to
Premium Members have the possibility to invite two friends or colleagues from other organizations.


“All pathways that limit global warming to 1.5 °C with limited or no overshoot project the use of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) on the order of 100–1000 GtCO2 over the 21st century. CDR would be used to com- pensate for residual emissions and, in most cases, achieve net negative emissions to return global warming to 1.5 °C following a peak (high confidence).“ IPCC, 2018.

As we have not succeeded in limiting global Greenhouse Gas Emissions over the last decades, the creation of carbon sinks has become imperative. In order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts on human life, we must capture and safely sequester billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Within the discussed options for CDR, three are readily available, scalable and offering co-benefits: Carbon Forestry, Soil Organic Carbon and Biochar.

Biochar-based carbon sinks are the most stable form of nature-based technologies for carbon sequestration and can be clearly accounted for. Trading of respective carbon certificates is functional and already being implemented.

In this wEBInar, you will learn what the key building blocks of CDR accounting and financing are, how the Carbonfuture scheme is set up, what the preliminaries are, and you will follow through a live demonstration.


Hannes gained a broad professional background in Financial Engineering and Risk Management working with various financial institutions. At EY he was heading consulting and audit projects for large banks globally. He holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Freiburg and at Carbonfuture, he now passionately devotes his professional expertise to climate protection.