Contribution of biochar application to the promotion of circular economy in agriculture

  • The traditional linear model in agriculture based on the so-called "take-make-waste" has created many problems such as resource scarcity, waste generation, climate change and biodiversity loss. Recently, with the increase in public awareness, the attentiveness in developing a circular economy model was doubled with a focus on proper waste management to bring some benefits to the agricultural sector. Although the increasing acceptance of biochar as a carbon-based material capable of playing a multidimensional role in reducing waste, mitigating climate change, and creating a closed-loop agricultural system, it is still far to move to a final conclusion that biochar application in agriculture could bring attractive environmental and economic benefits. Research conducted so far has led to many insights into how to enhance agricultural sustainability through biochar application, as the impact of biochar is strongly interrelated to their inherent properties, which vary deeply with the nature of biomass and the preparation conditions. In the present study, a systematic literature review was performed to investigate the state- of-the-art research related to the application of biochar in agriculture and its contribution in the establishment of circular economy concept. The interlinking between biochar application in agriculture with energy-water systems and its contribution to successfully build up a circular economy model has also been investigated.

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Author:Ghizlane EnaimeORCiDGND, Marc WichernORCiDGND, Manfred LübkenORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in agronomy
Publisher:Frontiers Media
Place of publication:Lausanne
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/02/20
Date of first Publication:2023/08/21
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
Tag:Open Access Fonds
agriculture; biochar; circular economy; energy-water systems; waste-to-resource concept
Issue:Article 1214012
First Page:1214012-1
Last Page:1214012-15
Article Processing Charge funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Open Access Publication Fund of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Institutes/Facilities:Lehrstuhl für Siedlungswasserwirtschaft und Umwelttechnik
Dewey Decimal Classification:Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / Ingenieurbau, Umwelttechnik
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
faculties:Fakultät für Bau- und Umweltingenieurwissenschaften
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 - Attribution 4.0 International