Conference Programme

Plenary Sessions: Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 October, WA Time

Topic area series webinar and open forums: Every Wednesday from 13th October – 17th November, AEST

Broadcast live online with recordings available thereafter

About ANZBC21: The 5th ANZ Biochar Conference, will kick off with two half days on Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 October, featuring our plenary keynote presentations and an online exhibition.

This will then be followed by a 6-week Topic Area Series.
Every Wednesday from 13th October – Wednesday 17th November
Time: 1pm – 4.30pm AEST
Each week’s sessions will cover a specific topic area and will feature our expert line-up of speakers. This will include, presentations and Q & A’s.  An online exhibition and networking opportunities will also be available.

Of course, we don’t expect everyone will be able to attend every Wednesday session live. If you miss any of the webinars (or simply want to watch again), no problem. All sessions will be recorded and available to registrants.


Day 1 & 2 Plenary – Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 October (W.A. Time)

Day 1 & 2 Plenary AM - Tuesday October 5 & Wednesday October 6

Time & Date:
Tuesday October 5
8:30 - 9:00 Event Kick Off Virtual BreakfastJosh Wilson and
Nigel Murphy
Assistant Shadow Minister for the Environment and Chair ANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)
9:00 - 9:30
An overview of the World Biochar Industry; Onwards and UpwardsProfessor Stephen JosephVisiting Professor at five Universities
9:30 - 10:00am
BioChar in Construction: How to build Carbon Negative PavementsAndre Van ZylNew World Pavement Solutions
10:00 - 10:30am Morning Tea
10.30 - 11.00am
Is Biochar Overcoming Inertia and Now Ready to ThriveNigel MurphyEarth Systems - Charmaker
11.00 - 11.30Hundred million tonne a year International Carbon Removal Markets - the opportunities for Australia and New ZealandIan Stanley & Peter BurgessRainbow Bee Eater
11.30 - 12.00Carbon Capture, Cascades & Credits: Pathways to Net Zero for Biochar Craig BagnallSEATA Group
12:00 – 12:10pm CloseDon Coyne & Sam ZagamiANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)
Time & Location
October 6
8:50 - 9:00Introduction and HousekeepingDon CoyneANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)
9:00 - 9:30A worldwide update according to the IBIKathleen DraperChair of International Biochar Initiative
9:30 - 10:00The Emerging Biochar Industry in North AmericaTom MilesCEO at US Biochar Initiative
10:00 - 10:30amMorning tea
10.30 - 11 Noon How biochar works, and when it doesn't: A review of mechanisms controlling soil and plant responses to biocharStephen JosephVisiting Professor at five Universities
11:00 -11:30
Opportunities to improve fertiliser use efficiency with biochar: key mechanismsLukas Van ZwietenNSW DPI
11:30 - 12NoonEmerging carbon markets:
opportunities for biochar
Annette CowieNSW DPI & UNE
12:00 - 12:30 The European Perspective: Biochar, Materials and Climate Change MitigationHarald BierEuropean Biochar Industry Consortium
12:30 - 12:10CloseDon Coyne & Sam ZagamiANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)


Topic Area – Food, fibre and recreation. Wednesday October 13 (AEST)

Time & Date:
Wednesday October 13
1:00 – 1:30Productivity benefits by feeding biochar to livestock and dairyMelissa RebbeckClimate and Agricultural Support P/L
1:30 – 2:00Evidence in the ground: Carbon farming with Feedchar™ to support animals and soils for healthy, profitable agricultureKaren EnkelaarAgspand Pty Ltd
2:00 - 2:30pm How developments from an experiment testing biological carbon sequestration on a farm in Western Australia have been disseminated internationally and implemented with local adaptationDoug PowPowbrook
2:30 - 3pmCharacterization of a commercial maize straw biochar NPK granulated fertilizer for soil applicationSara TaheryUNSW
3:00 - 3:30pmThe multiplying effect of biochar on soil carbon and plant productivityMelissa RebbeckClimate & Agricultural Support P/L
3:30 – 4:00pm TBA
4:00 - 4:10pm CloseDon Coyne & Sam ZagamiANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)

Topic Area – Infrastructure Wednesday October 20 (AEST)

Time & Date
Wednesday October 20
1:00 – 1:30Geopolymers and Dispersion of BiocharJohn SaadCHT
1:30 - 2:00pmOpportunities for Graphene in BioenergyJennifer Lauber Patterson & Mal CampbellFrontier Impact Group
2:00 - 2:30pmBiochar concrete for marine constructionsKua Harn WeiNational University of Singapore
2:30 - 3:00pmBiochar in a changing world: future prospectiveMauro GiorcelliPolitecnico di Torino
3:00 - 3:30pmNegative-emission Bio-based Circular EconomyDr Chun-Zhu LiRenergi Pty Ltd
3:30 - 4:00pmEncapsulated biochar used as bitumen replacement and/or additive
Alexandru LetTechnical Manager, State Asphalt NSW
4:00 - 4:10pmCloseDon Coyne & Sam ZagamiANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)

Topic Area – Energy Wednesday October 27 (AEST)

Time & Date:
Wednesday October 27
1:00 - 1:30
Forestry and Sawmilling Residues Utilisation and Stewardship Strategies Russ MartinMS2
1:30 – 2:00ECHO2 opportunities for Australian and New Zealand regionsPeter BurgessRainbow Bee Eater
1:30 – 2:00Energy Farmers Australia - Updates and DevelopmentsEuan Beamont and Tom VoganEnergy Farmers Australia
2:30 - 3pmWe embrace systematic and innovative approachesTerri Sun
Carbon Powered Mineral Technology and Products
3:00 - 3:30pmMass Energy and Carbon balances for Pyrocal CCT Implementations James JoycePyrocal CCT
3:30 - 4:00pmImplementations Key considerations in the design of a Biochar Production FacilityShaista ShahPyrocal CCT
4:00 - 4:10pmCloseDon CoyneANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)

Topic Area – Drawdown Markets Wednesday November 3 (AEST)

Time & Date: Wednesday November 3
1:00 – 1:30 How to secure revenue from carbon removal before the facility is ready?Antti VihavainenPuro. Earth
2:00 - 2:30 /b>An update of progress in Carbon Farming trading optionsIgnatius VerbeekCarbon-X
2:00 - 2:30pm Voluntary carbon drawdown - Australian style: Regional factors to consider for a pyrolysis facility to produce biocharTimothy CharltonAqua Firma Solutions
2:30 - 3:00pm
Biochar and emerging market potentials in Australia
Louisa KielyCarbon Farmers of Australia
3:00 - 3:30pm Looking for biochar projects to create carbon creditsRuy Anaya de La RosaCorporate Carbon
3:30 - 4:00pmBiochar, drawdown and CBAMS -Navigating a pathway to competitive international trade in a time of climate actionDr Simon DawkinsOil Mallee Association of Western Australia (OMA)
4:00 - 4:10pmCloseDon Coyne & Sam ZagamiANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)

Topic Area – Biosphere Standards Wednesday November 10 (AEST)

Time & Date:
November 10
1:00 – 1:30The Potential Role of Biochar to Reduce Net GHG Emissions from New Zealand AgricultureJim Jones
Massey University
2:00 – 2:30
Thermal treatment of biosolids (A Utility Perspective)
Damien BatstoneUniv. of Qld
1:30 - 2:00pmBiochar Analysis ExplainedGraham LancasterEnvironmental Analysis Laboratories
3:00 - 3:30pm
Application of biochar for sodium removal
Mohammad NushehHot Lime Labs (NZ)
2:30 - 3pm Biosolids to Biochar JourneyAravind SurapaneniSouth East Water
3:30-4pm TBATBA
4 - 4:10pm TBACloseDon Coyne & Sam ZagamiANZ Biochar Industry Group (ANZBIG)

Open Forums - Code of Practice & Next Steps - Wednesday November 17 (AEST)

Time & Date: Open Forum
November 17
Panel DiscussionPanel
1:00 – 2:00pmFeedback on ANZBIG's Code of Practice for the Sustainable Production and Use of Biochar in Australia and New ZealandANZBIG C.O.P. Working Group
2:00 - 2:15pmAfternoon Tea
2:15 - 3:15pmNext Steps for ANZ Biochar IndustryTBA
3:15- 3:30pmClose ANZBIG Team Don Coyne & Sam Zagami