Biochar, or “black gold”, is a fine-grained charcoal produced from biomass with the potential to be a powerful tool in the fight against climate change. Traditionally used for soil enhancement, modern biochar offers an alternative to burning agricultural waste, allowing carbon that would otherwise have been emitted through combustion to be sequestered in soil for hundreds to thousands of years.  Inspired by “Terra Preta de Indio,” the dark and nutrient-rich soils first developed by Pre-Columbian Amazonian Indians, biochar is now produced through pyrolysis and gasification. Although not yet fully commercialized, the relatively simple technologies required to produce biochar suggest that it can be brought to scale quickly with a supportive policy environment.

Please see the biochar climate briefing note for additional information.

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