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This PCR is currently under development. The open consultation phase will start with an e-mail invitation to identified stakeholders to the product group as representatives of different organisations. Any stakeholder is welcome to provide comments during this phase of the PCR development.

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This document provides Product Category Rules (PCR) for the assessment of the environmental performance of Biochar and the declaration of this performance by an EPD. The product category corresponds to a subset of the UN CPC group 345 Miscellaneous basic chemical products.

Biochar is a carbonaceous material obtained by thermal degradation (pyrolysis of biomass both of animal and vegetable origin). According to the definition of the European Biochar Certificate, biochar is considered as a "heterogeneous material rich in aromatic and mineral systems”. The biochar is not only used as a soil conditioner, but can also be used for many other purposes. For example, biochar can used as fertilizer, as wood charcoal, as an additive in animal feed as insulation material in construction.

Biochar that come out at gate of pyrolysis technologies is the object of this PCR. Subsequent transformations of biochar, to enable it to be used as a product for specific purposes (such as charcoal or fertilizer) are not included in this PCR.

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Name: Under development - Biochar
CPC Codes:345 Miscellaneous basic chemical products
GPI version: General Programme Instructions 3 (2017-)
Based on: PCR Basic Module: Basic chemicals
Related PCR: Electricity, steam and hot water generation and distribution
Mineral or chemical fertilizers
Geographical scope: Global
PCR committee: LCA-lab srl, Inewa consulting, Iphigenie Bergbau BmbH
Appointed PCR moderator: Francesca Falconi  LCA–lab srl

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