Quantifying Biochar Carbon Removal's Global and Country-Level Impact

November 21, 2023 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Registration Deadline: November 21, 2023 - 12:45PM


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Join the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy  on November 21st between 1-2pm for the next event in its webinar series, “Scrubbing the Skies: The Role of Carbon Dioxide Removal in Combating Climate Change.” The series focuses on scientific, technological, legal, political, and justice-focused issues associated with carbon dioxide removal, and is hosted by Wil Burns, Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal and Policy.


Biochar is a carbon-rich material formed by high-temperature conversion of biomass under reduced oxygen conditions. Its production is one of the only established carbon dioxide removal (CDR) methods recognized by the IPCC that can also be scaled quickly enough to counteract the effects of climate change within the next decade.

This webinar will focus upon a newly published paper that quantifies, for the first time, biochar production's carbon removal potential at ~6% per year on a global scale, the equivalent of India's annual emissions or removing 803 coal power plants. The paper's framework also quantifies the potential contribution biochar can m ake toward achieving national carbon emissions reduction goals in 155 countries, making biochar from only sustainably supplied biomass, i.e., non-commercial residues from existing agricultural, livestock, forestry, and wastewater treatment operations.

Join two of the paper's authors and the International Biochar Initiative, which sponsored this research, to learn more about biochar carbon removal as a circular climate change solution that should be a part of every country's climate change policy and action plan


Dr. David Lefebvre, Lead-author, and Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

Dr. Thomas Trabold, Co-author, and Research Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Wendy Lu Maxwell-Barton, Executive Director, International Biochar Initiative


Wil Burns, Co-Director, Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy

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