Production of biochar
For more than two thousand years, charcoal and biochar have been one of civilisation's basic materials. Use the European Biochar Certificate (EBC) for the production of biochar and its processing and use.
The EBC guarantees that the biomass feedstock is sustainably procured and produced, emissions limits are adhered to and storage procedures are environmentally sound. All aspects of the biochar’s quality are monitored and documented, and all the limits for the various usage classes (agriculture, materials, other) are complied with in accordance with the applicable regulations. The certified biochar can be used – among other things – as a soil improver, as litter (bedding) material, as an additive in fermentation substrates, for effluent treatment, and as an additive in construction materials, plastics, paper, textiles and storage batteries.
Here you will find the current version of our standard:
Validation, verification and certification
Pastus + Certification
For EBC plant-based biochar to be used as feed, the industry often requires certification of the charcoal feed supplement to GMP+ or pastus+ standards. The GMP+ programme recognises other standards as equivalent, for example the Austrian pastus+ standard.
Certification to the pastus+ quality assurance systems standard allows you to sell your EBC plant-based biochar as a charcoal feed supplement. Our sister company’s fast and competent services will be delivered to you worldwide.
CE conformity assessment and certification
Pursuant to EU Regulation 2019/1009, fertiliser products in the EU must comply with the requirements of the Regulation prior to being placed on the EU market.
Our partner bio.inspecta/q.inspecta offers the conformity assessment for CE marking together with the EBC inspection. CE certification is subsequently carried out by CerTrust. The scope for testing and certification by bio.inspecta/q.inspecta and CerTrust extends to all EU fertiliser products.
The PYREG technology carbonises your waste materials into pollutant-free, highly porous biochar (plant carbon). In contrast to rotting or incineration, the carbon contained in the residues is not released as CO2 in this process, but is stably bound in the biochar and thus removed from the atmosphere.
This makes the production of biochar one of the Negative Emission Technologies (NET) urgently needed for climate protection. Because if this biochar is permanently incorporated into so-called carbon sinks (e.g. arable land, building materials, asphalt), the sustainable storage of CO2 is successful in the long term.
SynCraft Engineering GmbH
Wood in particular plays an important role in the energy generation of tomorrow. With SynCraft's wood-fired power plants, the renewable raw material can be optimally utilised. This self-developed and patented technology generates more electricity and heat - in addition, bioenergy is the only renewable energy that can be switched on and off as needed.
Find here a list of the laboratories accredited so far. All accredited laboratories and subcontractors participate annually in an independent biochar ring trial organised and evaluated by DCC Delta Coal Control. It is planned to establish a European network of laboratories for plant carbon analysis that work according to the same analytical methods and regularly participate in the EBC ring test.
Eurofins Oekometric GmbH
Tel: +49 921 72633 - 0
Eurofins Umwelt Ost GmbH
Freiberg East industrial estate
Phone: +49 3731 2076 - 500
Mobile: +49 172 9224436
mas | münster analytical solutions gmbh
Technology Park Münster
Tel.:+49 251 384415-12
Ruhr Lab GmbH
Laboratory at KW Scholven
Phone: +49-152 268 760 15
Here you will find suitable training courses in our academy:
You can find more information and necessary documents in this section:
- European Biochar Certificate Guidelines – Version 10.3E (5th April 2023)
- Trackchanges of all modifications from Version 10.2E to 10.3E - Guidelines of the European Biochar Certificate - Version 10.3E
- European Biochar Certificate Guidelines – Version 10.2E (8th December 2022)
- Trackchanges of all modifications from Version 10.1E to 10.2E - Guidelines of the European Biochar Certificate - Version 10.2E
- European Biochar Certificate Guidelines – Version 10.1E (10th Januar 2022)
- Trackchanges of all modifications from Version 10.0E to 10.1E - Guidelines of the European Biochar Certificate - Version 10.1E
- Positive list of permissible biomasses
- Updates of guidelines, standards and methodologies
- Process request for amendment of guidelines, standards and methodologies
You can find more information on our biochar tool here:
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Benefit to customer
Biochar that is produced in accordance with the standards of the European Biochar Certificate (EBC) meets all the requirements of sustainable production with a positive climate and environmental footprint. EBC certification demonstrates that your biochar complies with the applicable requirements for protection of the environment, users and soils. Certification guarantees that the biochar used in agriculture is safe and environmentally sustainable.