Chasing carbon credits for ploughing in charcoal

Carbon credits should be available for charcoal derived from biomass (biochar), say its promoters. It could serve as a long-term carbon sink, but many issues must be resolved before adoption is widespread.

Ploughing millions of tonnes of charcoal into the soil should be recognised as a way of cutting carbon emissions under the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM).1 So says the secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in a proposal to the UN climate summit in Poznan (ENDS Report 407, pp 6-8 

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