Lakeland College and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) with assistance from Western Economic Diversification Canada and industry support have developed the Alberta Biochar Initiative. The ABI is intended to develop and demonstrate technologies that will enable the large scale commercial deployment of biochar products and biochar applications for the benefit of Albertans.
The ABI consists of small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), industry, academia and government sharing information and producing and generating biochar for end-use applications including soil amendments, reclamation, remediation, horticultural growth media and conducting biochar lifecycle analysis for potential carbon sequestration applications.
The mission of the Alberta Biochar Initiative (ABI) is to support the development and commercial deployment of biochar production technologies and the generation and collation of data that assists in the establishment of commercial markets for biochar products made from local feedstock for the benefit of rural Albertans.
The Alberta Biochar Initiative envisions a robust commercial-scale biochar production, application and carbon trading market in Alberta by 2016.