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August 20-25, 2017


The scope of the present paper is to address possible policy schemes that could potentially enable widespread diffusion of biochar in the EU Mediterranean area. In fact, despite the rapid development of biochar technologies and processes, the actual exploitation is mostly dependent on the actual support scheme that is in place. However, one single support instrument will unlikely be sufficient to cover the costs connected to biochar production and use: moreover, developing totally new policy instruments is a very long and time consuming process. The approach of the present work is to investigate the possibility of combining different EU policies that are already in place (with only minor adaptations), and analyze if a combined action would allow for achieving economic sustainability and thus commercial deployment of biochar in agriculture, favouring decentralized production of biochar.

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