The legality of biochar use: Regulatory requirements and risk assessment

Jim Hammond, Hans Peter Schmidt, Laura van Scholl, Greet Ruysschaert, Victoria Nelissen, Rodrigo Ibarrola, Adam O’Toole, Simon Shackley, Tania van Laer

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Abstract

One of the major motivations for the use of biochar is environmental improve - ment, both to improve soil quality and to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations. However, if biochar is produced or used inappropriately it could cause more harm to ecosystems, human health and GHG concentrations than benefit them - a situation to be avoided. Regulation and legislation, as well as voluntary standards, aim to ensure that biochar use is not environmentally counterproductive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiochar in European Soils and Agriculture
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Pages227-252
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781134654871
ISBN (Print)9780415711661
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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