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Legal constraints and opportunities for biochar: a case analysis of EU law

Tania Van Laer (UGent) , Peter De Smedt (UGent) , Frederik Ronsse (UGent) , Greet Ruysschaert, Pascal Boeckx (UGent) , Willy Verstraete (UGent) , Jeroen Buysse (UGent) and Luc Lavrysen (UGent)
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This article addresses biochar from a legal point of view. It analyses different policies and regulations from a European (Flemish) point of view and provides a first and general insight in what potential legal constraints the development of a biochar industry might face and what opportunities lie ahead. This is due to the fact that biochar is a recent product and a lot of scientific uncertainty still exists regarding the consequences of its application. From the analysis it appears a multitude of policies and legislative measures influence the development of the biochar industry. Hence, it is important that all these policies and legislative measures are analyzed in an appropriate manner. Moreover, considerable lobbying, negotiating and cooperation between different disciplines (legal, scientific, economical, etc.) will be required so as to develop a feasible and safe biochar framework.
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IMPACTS, SYSTEMS, European regulation, biochar, constraints, legal aspects, opportunities, policies, biochar, constraints, European regulation, legal aspects, opportunities, policies, CARBON, PYROLYSIS, BIOENERGY, SOIL, BENEFITS, SLUDGE, ENERGY

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Van Laer, Tania, Peter De Smedt, Frederik Ronsse, Greet Ruysschaert, Pascal Boeckx, Willy Verstraete, Jeroen Buysse, and Luc Lavrysen. 2015. “Legal Constraints and Opportunities for Biochar: a Case Analysis of EU Law.” Global Change Biology Bioenergy 7 (1): 14–24.
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Van Laer, T., De Smedt, P., Ronsse, F., Ruysschaert, G., Boeckx, P., Verstraete, W., Buysse, J., et al. (2015). Legal constraints and opportunities for biochar: a case analysis of EU law. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY BIOENERGY, 7(1), 14–24.
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Van Laer T, De Smedt P, Ronsse F, Ruysschaert G, Boeckx P, Verstraete W, et al. Legal constraints and opportunities for biochar: a case analysis of EU law. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY BIOENERGY. 2015;7(1):14–24.
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Van Laer, Tania, Peter De Smedt, Frederik Ronsse, et al. “Legal Constraints and Opportunities for Biochar: a Case Analysis of EU Law.” GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY BIOENERGY 7.1 (2015): 14–24. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article addresses biochar from a legal point of view. It analyses different policies and regulations from a European (Flemish) point of view and provides a first and general insight in what potential legal constraints the development of a biochar industry might face and what opportunities lie ahead. This is due to the fact that biochar is a recent product and a lot of scientific uncertainty still exists regarding the consequences of its application. From the analysis it appears a multitude of policies and legislative measures influence the development of the biochar industry. Hence, it is important that all these policies and legislative measures are analyzed in an appropriate manner. Moreover, considerable lobbying, negotiating and cooperation between different disciplines (legal, scientific, economical, etc.) will be required so as to develop a feasible and safe biochar framework.},
  author       = {Van Laer, Tania and De Smedt, Peter and Ronsse, Frederik and Ruysschaert, Greet and Boeckx, Pascal and Verstraete, Willy and Buysse, Jeroen and Lavrysen, Luc},
  issn         = {1757-1693},
  journal      = {GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY BIOENERGY},
  keyword      = {IMPACTS,SYSTEMS,European regulation,biochar,constraints,legal aspects,opportunities,policies,biochar,constraints,European regulation,legal aspects,opportunities,policies,CARBON,PYROLYSIS,BIOENERGY,SOIL,BENEFITS,SLUDGE,ENERGY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {14--24},
  title        = {Legal constraints and opportunities for biochar: a case analysis of EU law},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12114},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2015},
}

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