Published on 19/07/2021


Sustainable form of charcoal
  • Benefits of using sustainable form of charcoal to be highlighted
  • Businesses and industry leaders from across UK encouraged to sign up for virtual event on Tuesday 20 July
  • Event is part of Net Zero Week, the UK’s national awareness week being held between 17 to 23 July

The benefits of using biochar - a sustainable form of charcoal made from organic waste - will be discussed at a virtual event on 20 July as part of Net Zero Week 2021.

The free event, Biochar Webinar: Challenges, Benefits and Applications, hosted by the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University, will be attended by 300 businesses, industry leaders and individuals from across the globe.

EBRI is an official partner of Net Zero Week 2021, the UK’s national awareness week being held from Saturday 17 July 17 to Friday 23 July, which aims to highlight the challenge in becoming carbon neutral while also providing the best expert advice to help make change.

Biochar has a wide variety of uses, including carbon capture, water treatment, soil improvement, odour control and industrial applications. The expert-led virtual session will help anyone with an interest in biochar to be able to find out more about how the multi-purpose material can help decarbonise rural and urban environments.

Tim Miller, director of engagement at EBRI, said they really wanted to encourage as many people as possible with an interest in achieving Net Zero in their own business to attend the session.

He added:

“The webinar will help people across a variety of industries find out more about the benefits of biochar. We have already had sign up to the event from estate managers to foresters, landscape gardening companies, water treatment companies to property developers, and everything in between.

“As EBRI is an institute which carries out world-leading research into new and innovative ways of converting organic waste and other waste streams into sources of sustainable energy and other useful products, the insight we will be able to give on biochar really will be invaluable to all, and particularly relevant during Net Zero Week.”

Irene Watkinson, marketing and communications manager at EBRI, added:

“We are delighted to be official partners of Net Zero Week, especially as here at EBRI we are really experienced at helping businesses develop low carbon products and services from a whole host of unwanted material, including agricultural, manufacturing and food waste.

“This webinar is just one of the many activities we are doing to inspire and assist people, businesses and industries on the path to Net Zero to radically reduce their carbon emissions to combat the effects of climate change.”

The next Benefits of Biochar for Business event will be held on Tuesday 24 August at 10am. Register for a place HERE.

For more information about the world-leading research taking place at EBRI and how it is helping businesses, visit:

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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EBRI’s capabilities cover the breadth of advanced thermal technologies and biological conversion processes. These include gasification, pyrolysis, catalysis, and the thermochemical refining of biomass, wastes and plastics to high quality products and fuels. Allied to this is EBRI’s expertise in energy systems, supply chains, techno-economic analysis, transport logistics, analytics, engines and power systems. The institute welcomes collaboration opportunities with academia, government bodies and industry both locally and internationally and actively bids for new research and industrial engagement projects to bring further benefits to the Midlands region. For more information go to or email

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