Cairns Region Biochar Study Tour

“Regenerating soils & transforming materials:

“Restoring Reef Catchments”

DATES Thursday 16 & Friday 17 July 

Broadcast live & recorded in Zoom webinar

Biochar is being initiated for use at commercial scale in Australia & New Zealand.

Australias’ Cairns region is becoming one of those regions.

How and where has biochar been used in the Cairns Region & Beyond?

What is driving use of biochar & wood vinegar in reef catchments & beyond?

What are the benefits that have been seen in other regions?

What is limiting biochar use in this and other regions?

The Study Tour will be of interest to farmers, horticulturists, foresters, councils, road and building product providers and for those seeking to assist in the broader adoption of this decisive tool for climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

DAY 1 THURSDAY - July 16


0900 – 0915 Welcome & Housekeeping

0915–9:45 Update on the World Industry & Commercialisation of Biochar Professor – Stephen Joseph – UNSW

0945 – 1015 Q & A with moderators Kathleen Draper – IBI & Tom Miles – USBI

1015 – 1045 Biochar to help reduce nutrient run off into sea, water ways and catchments Dr Lukas Van Zwieten – NSW DPI

1045 –  1115 Q & A with moderators Euan Beamont- Energy Farmers Australia & Jim Jones – Massey University N.Z.

1115 – 1130 Morning Tea – Breakout room

1130 – 1200 Project Development: Assessing feedstock and end products – Adrian Morphett – Green Man Char

1200 – 1230 Q and A with Jon Brough – Middle Earth Foods Ltd & Stephen Joseph – UNSW

1230 – 1300 Environmental planning your biochar project – Craig Bagnall – Catalyst Environmental Management

1300 – 1330 Lunch 


Demonstrators explain how biochar technology works and processes a number of feedstocks.

1330-1400 (Green Man Char) – Pilot continuous unit demonstrating various feedstocks from Israel

1400-1430 (Green Man Char) – Pilot continuous unit demonstrating various feedstocks from Israel

1430 – 1500 Biogenic Processor by Wood Co-Energy

1500-1530 Afternoon Tea Break

1530-1600 Applied Gaia – Elmore Plant

1600-1630 Carbon Technologies Australia – Victorian Plant

1630-1700 Panel Discussion/ Wrap Up

DAY 2 - FRIDAY July 17


0900- 0930 Carbon Cascades (Kathleen Draper & Albert Bates)

0930 – 1000 Q & A with moderators Leo Condron – Lincoln University  N.Z. & Annette Cowie – NSW DPI

1000 – 1030 Biochar use in New Zealand – Dennis Enright – BNNZ 

1030 – 1100 Q & A with moderators Michael Bird – James Cook University & Daryl Killin – Savannah Burnings Expert

1100 – 1115 Morning tea

1115 – 1145 Feeding biochar to Dairy Cows – Melissa Rebbeck – Climate Agriculture & Support

1145- 1215 Q & A Graham Lancaster – EAL Laboratories & Sam Zagami – Green Man Char

1215 – 1245 Karen Enkelaar – Agspand  – A Commercial Cycle for Biochar Markets

1245 – 1310 Q & A – Wrap Up ANZBI Task Force 

Lunch 1310 – 1340

SUSTAINABLE USE OF BIOCHAR – Demonstrations/Field Visits

Presenters explain the trial context, objectives, methods, analysis, results so that it makes sense both to locals and to visitors who aren’t familiar with this type of soil, climate, crop, animal, pests…

1340-1345 Sponsored comment from Sally Fields @ Northern Gulf Resource Management Group

1345 – 1415 Strip Tilling with biochar – Ben Poggioli – Tillage Solutions Australia 

1415 – 1445 Biochar Use in New Zealand – Dennis Enright – BNNZ 

1445 – 1515 Jeremy Young @ Arbor Australis – Compressor Demo

1515 – 1530 Afternoon Tea

1530 – 1600 Dairy & Dung beetles for better soils and pasture with Melissa Rebbeck – Climate Agriculture & Support

1600-1630 Laying bio-based cold mix asphalt – CarbonCor Australia

1630-1700 Panel Discussion/ Wrap Up

Study Tour intent

To network International, National and local commercial scale users of biochar and those aspiring to join that list.

To show examples of commercial use of biochar and share practical advice on how and where biochar is likely to improve performance in those applications.

Show the growing list of commercial applications of biochar and:

* the likely response to biochar’s addition to asphalt, concrete, animal feed, compost, horticulture, agriculture, soil and water remediation, golf courses and sporting fields

* how do we apply biochar?

* what dose has worked for others?

* what mixes have worked for others?

* what is possible for the soils of this region?

* layperson’s street guide on biochar quality!

Who Should attend?

Current users of biochar and those interested in using biochar for:

  • animal health
  • composting
  • horticulture
  • building soil carbon
  • agriculture
  • forestry
  • building products
  • road building
  • consumer products
  • carbon sequestration
  • remediation of soil and water

For those seeking to assist in the broader adoption of this decisive tool for climate change mitigation & sustainable development.


The 2nd ANZBI Study tour will be broadcast live & recorded in a Zoom webinar and will include practical workshops from renowned presenters on how best to produce and use biochar & wood vinegar. We’ll visit biochar field trials virtually, deliver virtual tours of operating biochar technology that is both stationary & mobile. The study tour will focus on how sustainable farmers can meet the new reef protection guidelines by regenerating soils, reducing and filtering runoff, converting waste to energy, build with bio based materials such as green concrete and asphalt as well as how to capiltise on the ever growing new carbon economy seeking more sustainable sources of carbon. 




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