Welcome to the UKBRC
Biochar is a specially designed charcoal which offers a bright future for organic resource management, soil improvement and energy production.
It contains a high proportion of extremely stable carbon, and so sustainable production of biochar can be a significant, viable Negative Emissions Technology for mitigating human-induced climate change. Find out more about biochar
Since 2009, the UK Biochar Research Centre (UKBRC) has led strategic, multidisciplinary investigations of biochar. It is based in the School of GeoSciences at The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Newcastle University and Rothamsted Research. Find out more about UKBRC.
UKBRC undertakes primary research into the production and use of bicohar as well as engaging with relevant Governmental bodies.
Click here to access the report prepared by UKBRC and commissioned by the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC): "An Assessment of the Benefits and Issues Associated with the Application of Biochar to Soil" (edited by Simon Shackley and Saran Sohi, published June 2010).
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued an Interim Regulatory Position Statement on biochar - the first regulatory agency in the UK to develop a formal position on biochar regulation.
Latest News & Developments
EGU 2014: Strategies for Effective Soil Carbon Sequestration
The proposed session for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference 27th April-2nd May 2014 has been approved. The deadline for submission of abstracts is JANUARY 16th.
The drivers for research of biochar, charcoal and wildfire PyC research differ in their context and history. This session will highlight synergies by which definition of effective soil carbon storage strategies can be accelerated. The purpose of the session is to: (i) catalyse new cross-disciplinary collaboration, (ii) define a proposal for a future dedicated meeting and (iii) compile recent integrative work as a special issue in an international journal.
More details on the 'Conferences & Meetings' page here.
25 November 2013
Biochar commercialisation in Mexico
A new assessment of the potential for increased biochar commercialisation in Mexico has just been published. The report, co-authored by former UKBRC staff member Rodrigo Ibarrola, highlights the scale of the commercial biochar opportunity in Mexico and how it fits with government policy. The report concludes with a roadmap that details the critical technical and social assessments necessary to advance commercial operations.
You can access the report in English or Spanish from here:
14 October 2013
New LWEC report looks at biochar
A new study of Geoengineering options for NERC and the Department of Energy and Climate Change acknowledges that biochar could have a significant role to play in efforts to combat climate change in future.
The LWEC (Living With Environmental Change) report - 'A Forward look for UK research on climate impacts of geoengineering' - suggests that biochar merits additional study, to build on existing national expertise.
Read the report here: http://goo.gl/AJnZ6Y
09 September 2013
Final stakeholder contributions requested by REFERTIL project
There are many types of biochar and no single fit for biochar to all applications, Edward Someus has been calling for contributions to help set a common set of European biochar standards. This is under an EU Framework Programme (FP7) research project REFERTIL, instigated two years ago. Our understanding is that this project has gathered data in support of a common regulatory framework for biochar technologies, to present as evidence to the European Commission later this year. Edward is calling on any stakeholder with an interest in this goal (research, commercial, regulatory) to contribute "application-oriented" economic-, ecological or performance-related data before 16th September 2013. Please complete the UKBRC Contact Form in the first instance - we can put you in touch with Edward.
14 August 2013
Brazillian delegation visits UKBRC
The UKBRC welcomed a group of journalists from Brazil's largest newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo this week. The delegation, on a tour of the UK accompanied by Sao Paulo based FCO staff, received a tour of UKBRC facilities and learnt about our work.
The sugarcane industry in Brazil has enormous potential for developing biochar-pyrolysis systems.
07 August 2013