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 biochar 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 update
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference 27th April-2nd May 2014 has confirmed two oral sessions concerning biochar. A total of 70 approved abstracts were received. The sessions will run on Tuesday AM and Thursday PM and include a 'splinter' session (Thursday PM) for further discussion.
SSS 6.15 "Strategies for Effective Soil Carbon Sequestration" will draw together global expertise on biochar, wildfire charcoal and pyrogenic carbon. The session will foster synergies so as to accelerate the specification of carbon storage technologies. SSS 6.5 "Biochar and organic waste in soils" will consider biochar in a stronger agronomic context.
19 February 2014
PhD positions at DTU in Denmark
Microbial inoculants as efficient biofertilizers to mobilize phosphorus from soil, rock, and untreated or gasified organic waste. Descriptions and guidance for PhD application via this link. Deadline is 1st March.
03 February 2014
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