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"Australia New Zealand as global leaders in the sustainable production and use of biochar"
CEO MESSAGE
 
Dear Members, 

Another action packed month in the biochar space! I know it's all Covid,covid,covid in the news these days but in amongst it was the latest IPCC report and it's one of the most comprehensive reports to date. To my shock and horror, the latest report now estimates that we will reach 1.5 Degrees in the 2030's instead of the original 2100! This should and must surely spur us all into action? To lobby government and industry to de-carbonise and sink as much biochar before the end of the decade if we are to have any chance of delaying food security issues, massive population displacement and losses. Surely a redirection of fossil fuel subsidies and military spending worldwide is now on the cards?! I have put together a video called This is biochar, don't be afraid and we aim to approach influential people to make their own video and ultimately bring in a lump of biochar to Parliament. Please share far and wide. I have been invited via the IBI to attend COP26 in Glasgow so I continue to navigate my way over in banned travel times and it's an uphill battle to date with a two week quarantine likely prior. If you would like to support my trip please get in touch. Stephen Joseph, Annette Cowie et al have released an important paper just in time for COP26 which we aim to get into the faces of key decision makers such as Carey and Biden. Australian Financial Times put out an interesting article about how Fortune 500 companies such as BP and Microsoft who invested heavily in native forest carbon projects which are now going up in smoke in California and the like. A study highlights the efficiency of managed land over native forests as a way forward to store far more carbon in wood products and less fuel for bushfires aka Pyrogenic Carbon, Capture and Storage (PyCCS). Raising awareness will only help the biochar industry grow and the world urgently needs it!   

Please enjoy this months Drawdown Edition.

 
Best Chars, 
Don Coyne
CEO
execdirect@anzbig.org
+61459175729

WELCOME NEW & RENEWING MEMBERS 


Foundational


 
ANZBC21 GOES VIRTUAL 
FULL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED

Due to the havoc that the Delta strain is causing in our society, we have had to make the call to go fully virtual for this year's conference. Using the more sophisticated Hopin Platform sponsored by NPS, we will run our plenary sessions on the mornings (W.A.time) of Oct 5 & 6 (original dates) and then spread our topic area sessions over 6 weeks with the final week being open forums for feedback on our Code of Practice and Strategic Next Steps. Register now and watch live or the recordings thereafter. 

How biochar works, and when it doesn't: A review of mechanisms controlling soil and plant responses to biochar

Stephen JosephAnnette L. CowieLukas Van Zwieten et al
An important research paper just released publicly in time for COP26 Glasgow.

Podcast Series Underway

 
In the lead up to our 5th ANZ Biochar Conference in early October we have started running a weekly public podcast series released each Wednesday afternoon from August 12 - September 28 entitled Biochar in the Carbon Drawdown Decade. You can also view and share public recordings on our Vimeo and You Tube channels OR listen to an audio on Spotify and Apple iTunes. 

Integrate biochar in to regenerative agriculture practices using biochar supplemented animal feed and dung beetles

Going out to 10,000 Regenerative farmers, our research project in partnership with Southern Cross University is underway.

Biochar in Regenerative Agriculture Research Project gets in the ground.
 

Our research project in conjunction with Southern Cross University and Industry partner Stuart and Katina Larsson at Soft Agri Group in Mallanganee, N.S.W. took another step last Thursday where we set up pasture plot trials, 3 x 7 different treatments including biochar laden manure that has passed through cows and liquid biochar sprays. We are down as low as 200Kg per hectare in some treatments so it will be interesting to see results over the two year period. A herd of cattle is being fed biochar at 200kg per day per cow and we will observe health and weight benefits. Our team includes Lead Researcher at SCU, Dr Shane McIntosh, Chief 1 ANZBIG Researcher Prof. Stephen Joseph, ANZBIG Project Manager - Don Coyne, Chief Researcher 2 - Dr Lukas van Zwieten and Chief Researcher 3 - Annette Cowie. Analysis carried out EAL@SCU and dung beetle populations were assessed by Zac Hemmings at UNE. Further input in trial design by Melissa Rebbeck at Climate and Agricultural Support and Ignatius Verbeek at Agri-X. A scientific paper will be written as a result of this project as well as fact sheets and field days. 

Other biochar news

ANZBIG will submit to the ERF Soil Carbon Method. 

Now open for public consultation until September 27, Individual companies can now send in their submission. ANZBIG via it's Advisory Board will also submit as an organisation on behalf of the industry. 

WATCH RECORDING

 

Introductory Webinar: Methodology for Biochar Utilization in Soil and Non-Soil Applications

 

Biochar Study Highlights Efficacy in Global Drawdown

This amazing ancient material can sequester carbon and improve soil quality.

By Elizabeth Waddington



 

PUBLIC CONSULTATION NOW OPEN UNTIL15 September 2021.

VM0041 Methodology for the Reduction of Enteric Methane Emissions from Ruminants through the Use of 100% Natural Feed Supplement, v1.0

Meet the IBI's
New CEO: Rob Nooter

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the International Biochar Initiative (IBI) announces our new Executive Director, Robert (Rob) Nooter who will be joining the IBI team on September 13, 2021!

International links

EUROPE


See the latest news from the European Biochar Industry on their website. 

UNITED STATES


Click on the link to view the latest August newsletter from the USBI and other news. 

INTERNATIONAL BIOCHAR INITIATIVE


See the July Newsletter from the IBI 

New to Library 


Potential of biochar permeable reactive barrier LR
Synchrotron X‑ray microtomography and multifractal analysis
How biochar works and when it doesnt
2021 An everymans guide for a landholder to participate in soil carbon farming in Australia
Carbon stocks and flows in native forests and harveted wood products in SE Australia
FUNDING 

Future Drought Fund - Drought Resilience Innovation Expression of Interest (EOI) and Grants Program

PLEASE NOTE: FORWARD ANY RELEVANT GRANTS TO ANZBIG. WE HAVE INTERNAL & EXTERNAL GRANT WRITERS AND WILL REWARD THOSE WHO WANT TO BE INVOLVED

Other related news

Latest IPCC says 1.5 will be reached in the 2030's

More than ever, the latest IPCC Report should and must spur us into action to sink as much biochar as possible by the end of the decade if we are to have any chance of staying below or matching Paris targets.

5th Carbon Farming Industry Forum

Free registration - Sept 10 & 17

VERGE 21 Net Zero Recordings

VERGE Net Zero was a momentous event — bringing together thousands of leaders from around the world to accelerate the transition to a climate-positive future.

Photo by Stanley Li

Carbon offsets going up in smoke as company-linked forests burn

Biochar's carbon permanence starts to become obvious to Fortune 500 Companies such as BP and Microsoft.
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