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View or download the map and program for Workshop day (June 12).



Workshop day

Biochar Workshops at NSR Recycling Facilities

You will have the opportunity to experience Helsingborg's new biochar competence center RecoPark and participate in workshops in biochar production and R&D.

The afternoon is packed with 6 - 7 one hour blocks of one hour workshops. You will be able to attend 4 of them.

  1. Biochar production - Real demonstration of different techniques for production of biochar. Co-hosted by VOW
  2. Making Business models for biochar production. Co-hosted by VOW et al
  3. Business models of carbon credits. Co-hosted with carbon future
  4. Demonstration of industrial scale biochar production of biochar from garden waste
  5. Research of biochar as a sorbent of pollutants in soil. Co-hosted by Swedish Geotechnical institute and Swedis Agricultural University
  6. Mixing soil substrates with biochar. Co-hosted by Ecotopic
  7. Mixing climate friendly concrete with biochar. Co-hosted by Ecotopic.

No pre-registration to specific workshops is needed. 

A bus leaves from Sea U Congress hall at 12.30.
Workshops will start at 14.00

If you come by yourself the address is Välavägen 198 just outside the city. Parking is available. You can also reach the venue by public transport. See bus schedule at Skåne Trafiken - closest station: Diabasgatan)

(You need a separate ticket to attend the Workshop day on June 12th)

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Evening reception

As a participant of the conference you are welcome to attend the Evening reception at Helsingborg's new biochar competence center RecoPark. 

Join us for snacks, drinks and music in the Swedish summer evening.

Address: Välavägen 198 (just outside the city) 
Parking is available.
You can also reach the venue by public transport. See bus schedule at Skåne Trafiken - closest station: Diabasgatan)

A bus will take you back to Sea U Congress hall starting at 20.00.

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Foyer Clarion Hotel & Congress Sea U

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Welcome by the Mayor of Helsingborg

Welcome by Organizers

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Keynote Lecture: Oliver Geden (German Institute for International and Security Affairs)

Dr. Oliver Geden, Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), was a lead author of the IPCC AR6 Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change) as well as a member of the Core Writing Team for the AR6 Synthesis Report. Together with other researchers, the policy expert and climate researcher also devised and convened the State of Carbon Dioxide Removal report.

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German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Coffee Break


Session 1 (plenary session)

Soil and land
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Industry flash:
Diamond partner VOW
Diamond partner Pyreg GmbH

Invited talk:
Claudia Kamann (Hochschule Geisenheim University, Geisenheim, Germany)

Contributed talk:
Madina Bekchanova (University of Hasselt, Belgium)
Biochar's effect on the nutrient cycle of sandy textured soils: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Invited talk:
Gerard Cornelissen (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway)
Valorization of Organic Waste into Biochars as PFAS Sorbents for Clean-up of Soil, Water and Air

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Lunch Break/ Poster Session/ Exhibition


Session 2

Main Track: Materials
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Industry flash:
Graphite partner USBI
Graphite partner SynCraft

Contributed talk:
Micheil Gordon
(ecoLocked GmbH, Germany)
Biochar in concrete: A scalable carbon removal pathway

Invited talk:
Jonatan Malmberg

Invited talk:
[Cancelled] Julia Roth (CarStorCon / Carbon Instead, Germany) [cancelled] 
Biochar based construction materials - key challenges and potentials

Invited talk:
Bart Tambuyser(Carboganic, Brussels, Belgium)
The production of technical biocarbon for engineered composite applications

Sidetrack 1: Production I
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Contributed talks:

Gudny Øyre Flatabø
(Scanship Innovation Lab, Norway)
Flue gas emissions from slow pyrolysis of diverse organic waste

Daniela Meitner
(Next Generation Elements GmbH/ CH4plus GmbH, Austria)
Bio Waste Carbon Capture System

Dhruv Tapasvi (Lindum AS)
Production and characterization of biochar produced from sewage sludge

Gunnar Thelin (EkoBalans Fenix AB, Sweden)
The EkoBalans model for pyrolysis of residual flows and other difficult to handle substrates

Felicitas Schlederer
(Université Laval, Canada)
The impact of pyrolysis process parameters on the amount of micropollutants in the end-products

Sidetrack 2: Agricultural Soils
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Contributed talks:

Clara Kopp (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Phosphorus and heavy metal release from (pre-treated) biochars and ashes in a rye grass experiment and in a 12-month incubation

Ahmit Dhingra
(Texas A&M University, USA)
Understanding the impact of crop-residue derived biochar on root associated-microbiome using a metatranscriptomics approach

Claes-Göran Henriksson (Skånefrö, Sweden)
10 years of biochar trials in Swedish temperate soils: Effect on crop yield

Nina Schaaf (Austria)
Unlocking Added Value in Circular Agriculture: The Role of Woody Biochar

Josephine Kooij
(University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Influence of phosphorus speciation in sewage sludges and respective biochars on phosphorus plant uptake and propensity to leach

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Coffee Break (plus Poster/ Exhibition)


Session 3

Main Track: Urban Applications
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Industry flash:
Anthracite partner Circular Carbon

Invited talk:
Anna Sorelius
(City of Helsingborg, Sweden)

Contributed talk:
Sven-Olof Bernhoff (Skånefrö, Sweden)
Biochar as soil amendment to enhance the sustainability of turfgrass systems: climate-proof soccer fields

Invited talk:
Britt-Marie Alvem
(Street Department Stockholm, Sweden)

Invited talk:
Mattias Gustaffson (Ecotopic, Kolmarden, Sweden)
Biochar as a climate solution in urban plant beds

Sidetrack 3: Environmental Remediation
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Dan Berggren Kleja
(Swedish Geotechnical Institute, Sweden)
Effects of biochar and peat amendment on metal solubility and uptake by grass and earthworms

Clara Benedikte Mader Lade
(NGI, Norway)
Stabilization of PFAS contaminated soil with waste-based biochar sorbents

Jing Qiu (University of Ghent, Belgium)
Biochar-induced changes in nutritional availability and heavy metals behavior in highly Pb and As-polluted mining soil

Katinka Krahn (Lindum, Norway)
Coupling biochar properties and sorption behavior of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) for 23 biochars produced from organic waste

Valentyna Pidlisniuk
(Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, Czech Republic)
Influence of miscanthus waste-derived biochars on physiological parameters, stress indicators, and soil properties during vegetation of spinacia oleracea l.

Sidetrack 4: Materials II
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Contributed talks:
Ivan Kozyatnyk
(Linköping University Centre for International Forestry Research, Sweden/ Kenya)
Biochar and Moringa oleifera seed proteins for greywater treatment

George Yuzhu Fu
(Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, Georgia Southern University, USA)
Highway stormwater runoff on-site treatment using bioslope with new media of biochar amended topsoils

Lisa Zakrisson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
Are biochar filters for onsite wastewater treatment environmentally sustainable? A life cycle assessment study

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Gala Dinner

Join us for an evening of networking, food and drinks. Together with entertainment by the 8-man band Isaac And The Soul Company. 

A seat at the Gala Dinner, together with food and drinks during dinner, is included in the ticket price for the conference.

Dress code: Casual summer clothes

From 19:30 - Open End

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Session 4

Main Track: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Emission reduction
Session Chair: European Biochar Industry Consortium

Industry flash:
Anthracite partner Carbonfuture

Invited talk:
Hansjörg Lerchenmüller (Chairman Carbuna AG, Memmingen, Germany; board member EBI)
Taking Biochar Carbon Removal to climate-relevance by 2040

Contributed Talk:
Cecilia Sundberg
& Elias Azzi (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)

Invited talk:
Hamed Sanei
(Aarhus University, Denmark)

Panel discussion:
Hamed Sanei
(Aarhus University, Denmark)
Cecilia Sundberg
(Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
Ondrej Masek
(University of Edinburgh, UK)
Oliver Geden
(German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP))

Sidetrack 5: Case studies
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Contributed Talks:
Suzanne Allaire (GECA Environnement, Canada)
Biochar to the rescue of an old charcoal plant, case study

Jitendra M Yadav (German International Cooperation (GIZ), India)
Opportunities to promote sustainable bioresource business models and improve soil health using biochar in India

Nataly Cubillos (FORLIANCE, Germany)
Climate finance to unlock biochar carbon projects in Latin America - experience from Mexico

Chuck Hegberg
(RES, LLC/Atlantic Biocarbons/US Biochar Initiative, USA)
Restoring the Chesapeake bay watershed - scaling biochar from laboratory to policy

Sidetrack 6: Production II
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Contributed Talks:

Christian Wieth
(AquaGreen, Denmark)
Novel commercialized technology for autothermal production of biosolids, biochar free from PFAS that triple soil water content and increase P content in plants

Sophie Schönfeldt (Fraunhofer Umsicht, Germany)
From Waste to Use - Application Potential of Biochars from Different Residues obtained by Thermo-Catalytic Reforming (TCR)

Sara Palander (Meva Energy, Sweden)
High-quality biochar as a side stream from replacing fossil gas in tissue drying

David Gurtner (BOKU, Austria)
Production of activated biochar - thermochemical activation of gasification residues

Dominik Bosch (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
One-Step Activation of Residual Wood – A Contribution to the Circular Economy

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Coffee Break


Session 5

Main Track: Policy
Session Chair: Anna Lehner (Carbonfuture, Freiburg, Germany)

Industry flash:
Anthracite partner Carbon Standards International

Contributed Talk:
Christian Wurzer
(UK Biochar Research Centre, UK)
Biochar‘s market development: products and standardisation

Panel discussion:

Eivind Berstad
(Bellona, Norway)
Venna Lepel
(Novocarbo, Germany)
Christian Holzleitner
(Head of Unit for Land Economy and Carbon Removals, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission)
Martin Hlaváček
(Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group)
Thomas Hämmerle
(European Biochar Industry Consortium, Germany; SIOTUU, Austria)

Sidetrack 7: High-tech Applications
Session Chair: Mauro Giorcelli (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)

Mauro Giorcelli (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)
Brief introduction to the session

Oisik Das
(Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)
Fire behaviour of biochar and its composites

Charles Jia
(University of Toronto, Canada)
Monolithic Biochar as Functional Material for Sustainability

Francesco Nobili
(Università di Camerino, Italy)
Biochar for Electrochemical Energy Storage

Benjamin Reinke
(Novocarbo, Germany)
Biochar in Metallizing of Photovoltaic Cells

8Workshop: Sewage Sludge Pyrolysis in the FPR
Organizer: Christopher Thornton (European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP), Belgium)

Moderator: Robert Van Spingelen (President of ESPP)

Christian Wieth
(Aquagreen; leader of the EBI WG on sewage sludge carbonization)
Proposals for criteria for sludge biochars to ensure safety, confidence, nutrient and carbon quality (within EU FPR CMC14)

Helmut Gerber
(PYREG GmbH, Germany)
Current knowledge of benefits and safety of biochars in fertilisers
Field study of sludge biochar crop application
Update on legal status of sewage sludge biochars in fertilisers

Gerard Cornelissen
(Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway) and and Katinka Krahn (Lindum)
Fate of organic contaminants during pyrolysis of sewage sludge – dioxins, PAHs, PCBs and organophosphorus flame retardants

Ana-Lucia Crisan
(European Commission DG GROW)
Why is sludge biochar currently excluded from the EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR)? what process would be required to reassess this? (online)

David Gustavsson
(VA SYD/ Sweden Water Research)
Sweden water industry position

Richard Lancaster
(Atkins Global)
Wastewater sector direction – An overview on needs, developments and position regarding biochar

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Lunch Break/ Poster Session/ Exhibition


Session 6

Main Track: Technologies 2.0
Session Chair: European Biochar Industry Consortium

Industry flash:
Anthracite partner PyroCore

Contributed talk:
Thomas Hoffmann
(Decarbo Engineering, Germany)
Enabling factors for the scale-up of small and medium size pyrolysis plants

Invited talk:
Helmut Gerber
(PYREG GmbH, Germany)
Upscaling biochar production plant to meet future climate change mitigation needs

Invited talk:
Cecilie Jonassen
(VOW Green Metals, Norway)

Invited talk:
Paal Jahre Nilsen (Vow ASA, Lysaker, Norway; board member EBI)

Sidetrack 9: System Assessment
Session Chair: Nordic Biochar Network

Invited talks

Tobias Pape Thomsen
(Roskilde University, Denmark)
Integration of Green Biorefineries and Pyrolysis: Climate Impact Assessment of Grass-pulp Pyrolysis

Morten Heick
(Stiesdal, Denmark)
How to scale from 0 to 2 mio. tons CO2e annually by 2030 in Denmark

Contributed Talks:

Cecilia Sundberg
(Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
Global potential of biochar production and carbon sesquestration from crop residues

Luca Campion
(University Hasselt, Belgium)
Consequential Life Cycle Assessment of Biochar: Comparing Two Biochar Production Feedstocks and Two Biochar Applications

Sidetrack 10: Carbon Dioxide Removal II
Session Chair: Hannes Etter (South Pole, Switzerland)

Panel discussion:
Stefan Jirka
Elias Azzi
(Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
Ueli Steiner (Carbon Standards International, Switzerland)
Nikolaus Wohlgemuth (Carbonfuture, Germany).
Jonathan Remucal
(Climate Action Reserve, USA)
Hannes Etter
(South Pole, Switzerland)

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Coffee Break


Session 7 (plenary session)

Rethinking materials, cities, and land
Session Chair: European Biochar Industry Consortium

Invited talks

Marcel Huber (SynCraft, Austria) 
Don't put biochar first - let's focus on the energy

Gerald Dunst (Sonnenerde, Riedlingsdorf, Austria)

Ondrej Masek (University of Edinburgh, UK)

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Wrap-up & Goodbye


Study visits

Organized study tour to experience several biochar production plants with different technologies in the south of Sweden. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 07:45 and travel by bus together. 

The study tour will stop at:

  • NSR (local waste company), Helsingborg with Bio Green technology
  • Skånefrö in Hammenhög with Pyreg technology (including lunch)
  • Krageholm outside Ystad with BioMacon technology (including coffee)
  • Solör Bioenergy, Skurup converted incinerator technology
  • Drop off at Hyllie, Malmö between 17.00-18.00
  • Drop off at Sea U between 18.00-19.00

(You need a separate ticket to attend the Study visits on June 15th - [sold out])

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