International Biochar Initiative IBI
640 Brook Run Dr.
OH 43081 Westerville
Ansprechpartner: Thayer Tomlinson
The International Biochar Initiative (IBI) was formed in 2006 and is a non-profit organization supporting researchers, commercial entities, policy makers, farmers and gardeners, development agents and others committed to sustainable biochar production and use.
The mission of the IBI is to promote the development of biochar systems that follow Cradle to Cradle sustainability guidelines.
In pursuit of this we shall:
• Support the generation, review and dissemination of information on all aspects of biochar
• Develop sustainability guidelines and monitor and evaluate biochar projects and systems against these guidelines
Sustainable biochar is one of the few technologies that is relatively inexpensive, widely applicable, and quickly scalable. IBI focuses on the need for quality and sustainability standards and assurances in the emerging biochar industry. IBI encourages and seeks to foster good industry practices to ensure public confidence that the organizations involved in biochar research, marketing, and production adhere to high ethical standards and the products they produce are safe and appropriate for use as intended. To this end, IBI is bringing together stakeholders in working groups to produce sustainability standards and classification and evaluation systems for biochar production and use.
Help solve the global food security crisis and ensure soil security with the use of biochar to:
• enhance soil fertility and crop and agroforestry productivity;
• raise the fertility of degraded and marginal soils; and
• enhance mitigation and adaptation to climate change in agricultural systems.
Help solve the global climate change crisis with the use of biochar to:
• safely and effectively draw down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in stable soil sinks;
• alleviate GHG emissions associated with decomposition of waste from urban and rural sources; and
• offset fossil fuel use through high value bioenergy and bio-products.
Help make agricultural production at all scales more sustainable by:
• Maintaining production with lower chemical fertilizer inputs;
• More productively recycling agricultural and organic waste materials, and aid in land remediation; and
• Enhancing water quality by reducing nutrient leaching into water bodies and supplies.
IBI worked with organizations and projects in nine developing economies to help them develop and evaluate cost effective approaches for the widespread introduction of biochar.
Thayer Tomlinson is the Communications Director of the International Biochar Initiative (IBI).
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.