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

COP26 started yesterday so please send your suggestions through on how we can reach out to key decision makers with a publicity stunt or other important points for biochar. The IBI will be sending a delegation so we can get messages through to the team. I think a mascot cow and dung beetle eating biochar could be one of the best messages to get across and go viral? This method is still one of the most effective ways for farmers to get paid to reduce methane, nitrous oxide and sink a lot of biochar at depth into our soils in my opinion. 

We ensure you have found our 5th ANZ Biochar Conference [ANZBC21] valuable over the last month albeit online. We have had some great feedback to date on the quality of our programme and the information shared. Thank you again to our diamond collective sponsors for making it possible. Recordings for paid delegates only this year are being released progressively and we will produce a proceedings document as a permanent record for all stakeholders by close of 2021 or early 2022. If you haven't purchased a ticket yet, it's not too late to attend the remaining three weeks which includes this Wednesday's Drawdown Markets, next week's Biosphere Standards  followed by Open Forums on the final version launch of of our Code of Practice and strategic next steps for the industry of which we will ask you to participate. You can register and apply your membership coupon code (listed at bottom of the page) at checkout here. We continue to meet and plan for a potential live event in 2022. 

Finally, to finish off another great year for biochar, our annual AGM is scheduled online for Wednesday December 8 from 3-4pm AEDT followed by drinks at a live venue in your state. Please register on this Join URL if you would like to attend and contribute to the ongoing functioning and growth of ANZBIG so we remain relevant and impactful. Live venues announced so far are Catalyst Systems, Hunter St Newcastle, N.S.W. and Earth Systems, Hawthorn Melbourne. If you would like to host drinks in your state please get in touch. 

Please enjoy this months Drawdown Edition and welcome all renewed and new members.
Best Chars, 
Don Coyne



Drawdown Markets 


We kicked off ANZBC21 on Wednesday Oct 5 & 6 with our plenary sessions covering all our topic areas and included an international programme. We have also delivered our weekly topic area sessions including Food, fibre and recreation, Infrastructure and last week's Energy session. Up this week we have an all star cast sharing on Drawdown Markets followed by Biosphere Standards (air, soil, water, testing) next Wednesday November 10.

(apply members coupon code listed at the bottom of the page to receive your discount)


Our annual AGM will be held online at this Zoom Join URL followed by drinks at your State location. 
  • NSW - Catalyst Systems Hunter St, Newcastle
  • Victoria - Earth Systems 
  • South Australia - TBA
  • Western Australia - TBA 
  • Northern Territory - TBA
  • Tasmania - TBA 
Nominations for members of the board are open, please email our Chair, Nigel Murphy at

COP26 gets underway

Yesterday COP26 in Glasgow got underway and will run for 2 weeks. If you have any suggestions on ideas for a publicity stunt or other messages to get biochar into the top part of the brain of key decisions makers, we can pass these onto the delegation organised by the IBI. 

Other biochar news

Climate Smart Agriculture in Ghana 

Responsible practices: Replacement of open fire burning of biomass in communities by converting biomass to biochar through Elsa Biochar Cook stoves production and deployment 

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Global Biochar Market to be Worth around USD 3,673.68 Million by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 13.61% - Zion Market Research

Greening the Sahel with biochar

To fight against poverty and malnutrition while creating a gigantic carbon sink. In the Sahel, our experience shows that biochar is an effective way to tackle the causes and consequences of desertifcation. 

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The Barcaldine brothers' journey to a renewable energy precinct planned for outback Queensland

When James and Richard Egerton left their city jobs and returned to their parents' sheep and cattle station outside Barcaldine .........

Made of Air, a maker of ‘carbon negative’ thermoplastics, locks in $5.8M

Berlin-based climate tech startup Made of Air has closed a €5 million (~$5.8 million) seed funding round, led by Norwegian sustainability-focused family fund, TD Veen.

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Biochar mentioned in ABC Sydney composting segment with Angus Stewart 

Biochar begins to gain notoriety as a way to reduce bushfire fuel load and turn it into a valuable compost additive.


Globally, we generate $120 billion of agricultural waste every year. What farmers cannot sell, they often burn, with catastrophic consequences for human health and the environment.

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PURO announces new governance board 

To ensure governance independence, has two separate governance bodies consisting of a Board of Directors and an external Advisory Board. 

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


See the October Newsletter from the IBI 

New to Library 

Performance Of Liquids From Slow Pyrolysis
Slow pyrolysis liquid in reducing NH3 emissions
* Biochar - A soil conditioner to protect the climate 
Biochar for Carbon Enrichment in Soils & Climate Mitigation
AfPA LCA Calculator for Asphalt released
* Assessing the carbon capture potential of a reforestation project

Funding for short-term, industry-led research collaborations - National 
Design technologies carbon capture, use and storage assets and shared hub infrastructure - National 
*Recycling Victoria Organics Sector Transformation Fund Round 1 - Victoria
*Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund - Western Australia 


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The newly formed World Macadamia Organisation (WMO) has officially launched and incorporated in Singapore, with a mandate to drive demand by creating a greater understanding and appreciation of this understated wholefood.

Macadamia Change Maker Rex Harris has been using biochar for years in compost 

Rex Harris is an award wining macadamia grower with a great outlook on regenerative agriculture. Rex has been adding small amounts of biochar in his compost for a number of years. 

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Strengthen markets, measures and definitions for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to fight climate change.

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We at AirMiners continuously strive to find novel, potentially impactful methods of carbon removal; our panel event on Biomass Harvest and Storage (BHS) represents just that!

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Regional NSW treated like 'pack of peasants' in state's waste incineration plan

Austin McLennan's family have worked on their 5000-acre Goulburn farm for three generations.

Farming under solar, wind and transmission lines

As Australia transitions to a local carbon economy, what are the opportunities for combining agriculture with large scale energy infrastructure and generation?

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A research breakthrough as industrial hemp proves to be incredibly drought tolerant

Hemp has been labelled a ‘miracle crop’ and PhD student Alison Gill’s latest research has further cemented the extraordinary physiology of the plant.

Northern NSW and Southern Qld Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (the Hub) 

Southern Cross University (SCU) is a key partner in the newly-formed Nth NSW/ Sth Qld Hub. SCU has two main roles in the Hub over the next three years.

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