Welcome to Biochar Network New Zealand (BNNZ). We are a membership organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting activities leading to widespread awareness, understanding, and acceptance of biochar in New Zealand.

What is Biochar?

Biochar is activated charcoal which can be used to lift the productivity of agriculture and as long-lived carbon stores in soils. It can be used to enhance water quality and as a bioremediation tool for contaminated soils. The production of biochar can also deliver bioenergy and deal with many types of ‘liability’ biomass that offset carbon emissions. 

Become a Member

Biochar Network New Zealand is a network of members and volunteers who are committed to helping advance biochar adoption in New Zealand. We rely on the support of our members to educate and promote biochar through various activities such as events and lobbying. Membership costs only $25 a year and enables us to make a difference.

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John Allen We would like to acknowledge the sudden passing of John Allen on 2nd November 2019. John was a founding member of this organisation and a passionate and energetic advocate for biochar as a means of mitigating the impact of climate change. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

The Oral Submission Explaining biochar to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Zero Carbon Bill is a big ask when you’ve only got 10 minutes.  But BNNZ committee members Phil Stevens and Damian Richardson did this on August 19. The speech was good. Phil even came up with pitches like ‘biochar turns farmers from environmental …