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  • Parliamentary Enquiry into Biochar

    Parliamentary Enquiry into Biochar

    The Natural Resources Committee is conducting an enquiry into biochar to help the SA Parliament frame a policy on biochar that will provide guidance to government and industry on how to maximise the potential benefits of biochar for the environment and for sustainable agriculture. Maccy Biochar was invited to make a submission and that is…

  • Sustainable AG & Biochar – Natural Partners.

    Sustainable AG & Biochar – Natural Partners.

    Notes for presentation to the SA Sustainable Agriculture Network n 12 April 2022. nn KEELING CURVE: n o Maccy Biochar is a volunteer community group based in Macclesfield, SA established in 2019 and now comprising about 50 members. nn o Our objective is to help fight climate change by increasing carbon drawdown by making carbon…

  • OUR FIRST TONNE OF CO2

    OUR FIRST TONNE OF CO2

    Many thanks to all those members and others who have helped get us started and on the way to making Maccy carbon neutral! At the end of our first season we have captured our first tonne of carbon dioxide and made in excess of 1000 litres of biochar. While 1 tonne of CO2 may not…

  • BIOCHAR OPEN DAY SUCCESS

    BIOCHAR OPEN DAY SUCCESS

    Saturday 27 July saw sunshine again in Macclesfield after a spell of rain. Perfect day for making biochar! Up at the Recreation Grounds the Maccy Biochar group demonstrated a simple method of making biochar using two flame-capped open kilns. Two small kilns demolished a 6×4 trailer with cage full of tree litter in about 3…

  • Proposal for Biochar Centre

    Proposal for Biochar Centre

    A Community Biochar Centre is proposed for Macclesfield that will convert dry woody biomass (eg: tree litter, off-cuts etc.) from local households, landowners and businesses to biochar and thereby capture carbon, offset and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create voluntary carbon offsets to trade. Biochar is a form of charcoal and is good for the…

  • Support proposal for biochar centre

    Support proposal for biochar centre

    A Community Biochar Centre is proposed for Macclesfield that will convert dry woody biomass (eg: tree litter, off-cuts etc.) from local households, landowners and businesses to biochar and thereby capture carbon, offset and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create voluntary carbon offsets to trade. Biochar is a form of charcoal and is good for the…

  • Making Maccy Carbon Neutral

    Making Maccy Carbon Neutral

    ,,Join Maccy Biochar in demonstrating that a small community can do something positive towards combating climate change by using biochar to capture carbon and offset local GHG emissions. n Register to become a supplier of organic woody material and get a confidential web page that summarises your carbon status based on the biochar we make…

  • Public meeting endorses formation of a Steering Committee

    Public meeting endorses formation of a Steering Committee

    MINUTES of public meeting held in the Macclesfield Institute Supper Room at 7pm on Tuesday 22 January 2019. 1. PRESENT: Federal Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie; Mount Barker Mayor, Ann Ferguson; Ward Councillor, Tess Minett; Chairman Macclesfield Community Association, Graeme Milne; Convener, Brian Lewis; Wally Bolt; Kath Thurmer; Jane Tregaskis; Carol Prey; Mark Stewart-Jones; John…

  • How much biochar is needed to offset your electricity GHG emissions?

    How much biochar is needed to offset your electricity GHG emissions?

    You can offset the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of your electricity consumption by the production and capture of biochar. A typical 2 person household consuming 156 kWhr of electricity per week only needs to make 30 kg of biochar to offset the GHG emissions caused by the production of that electricity. The calculation involves 3…