Why are we having the National Biochar Awards?

The National Biochar Awards will celebrate and recognise the achievements, innovation, entrepreneurship and best practice in the ANZ Biochar Industry. Creating a sense of community amongst those in the industry, the awards will serve as a goal newcomers and established members can strive for. We aim to foster an environment that will celebrate award recipients and see collaboration between those in the greater Biochar community.

How does this awards ceremony align with ANZBIG’s strategy?

As an industry cluster, one of our key performance indicators is engaging our members. We see our awards ceremony as the perfect way to do this, as we recognise individuals and companies who are meeting the aims of ANZBIG and the wider Biochar community. Additionally, it is in line with our objective to ‘bring together Biochar companies and institutions working in the industry’. We will establish a network of award nominees and winners that will benefit development of the industry.

How do we vote? 

The categories you can nominate for are as follows: 

  • Biochar User
  • Biochar Producer
  • Biochar Research
  • Biochar Student Prize
  • Hall of Fame

Above you will find the links to click through to the nomination forms where you can complete an application form. After our judges have viewed all applications, you will be notified if you are a finalist. All finalists will be invited to the Biochar Industry 2030 Roadmap Summit held on Sept 8 & 9, at Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. A Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held on Sept 8 to announce the award recipients.

Where will the awards ceremony be held?

The National Biochar Awards will be held as part of our Gala Dinner on Thursday 8 September at the Biochar Industry 2030 Roadmap Summit. The Summit will be held at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre on Thursday 8 & Friday 9 September 2022. All award finalists will be invited to take part in the Summit and enjoy the gala dinner.

What do finalists receive?

  • Finalist Certificate 
  • Award Finalist’s Media Pack. Pack to include: 
    • ANZBIG Award Finalist Logo 
    • Letter of congratulations from the Executive Director, co-signed by all judges 
  • ANZBIG and its affiliates will promote finalists and their organisations throughout August and September
  • Recognition as a finalist on ANZBIGs Awards page 

What do award winners receive?

  • Winner certificate 
  • Award Trophy for relevant category 
  • Invitations to speak about their business on ANZBIGs webinars where relevant 
  • Award Winners Media Pack. This will include:
    • ANZBIG Award Winner Logo
    • Letter of congratulations from the ANZBIG Executive Director and Chair, co-signed by the three judges.
    • Recognition on ANZBIGs Awards page for a year
    • A press release regarding winners and their background and achievements 
  • ANZBIG will promote winners and their organisations during September

    Whats the Awards Timeline?

    About our judges

    Professor Stephen Joseph

    Professor Stephen Joseph

    ANZBIG Executive Board Member

    Stephen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering and a doctorate in Architecture and Applied Anthropology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, a chartered engineer and has been a senior adviser to both commercial, government and non-government organizations, in renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture and forestry. Stephen has extensive experience worldwide in all forms of renewable energy including biodiesel, oil from algae, biomass combustion, pyrolysis and gasification plant, biochar, plastic wood composite, microhydro, wind and solar energy additives for high strength concretes. He has also been involved in multi-country market research into areas related to biochar, waste recycling and renewable energy. He has written over 100 books and articles and lectured and trained other engineers and scientists throughout the world. He was the founding vice chairman of the International Biochar Initiative and co-editor with Dr. Johannes Lehmann of Biochar for Environmental Management. He served on the committee of Australia New Zealand Committee and was a founding memebr from 2017-2020. He is currently a visiting Professor at UNSW, UNE, Univ. of Wollongong and Nanjing Agricultural Univ., China

    Russ Martin

    Russ Martin


    Russ has over 30 years’ experience in product stewardship, circular economy, public policy, bioenergy and sustainability, both in government and as an advisor to industry and governments. These roles have been in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Middle East. Primary responsibilities include serving as CEO of the not-for-profit Global Product Stewardship Council, Director of consultancy MS2 and Founder of the International Stewardship Forum series, including the Sydney Forum 2018 and Paris Forum 2019. Russ was awarded the Global Green Future Leadership Award by the World CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Congress. Russ was appointed to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, as the Independent Chair leading the development of a national product stewardship approach for handheld batteries in Australia, and to the advisory body for Australia’s development of product stewardship framework legislation. Russ has also worked with Australian wool, sugar, timber and energy industries on stewardship and bioenergy. Russ has delivered major presentations in China, Singapore, Serbia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on product stewardship and sustainability for products ranging from packaging to electronics and hazardous wastes. From developing and implementing a market-based approach to increase packaging recycling in Florida to chairing the inaugural Australian Greenhouse Conference, to crafting innovative waste management legislation in the United Arab Emirates, Russ has long been a leader in developing innovative yet pragmatic policies and programs.

    Nigel Murphy

    Nigel Murphy

    ANZBIG Chair & Director Earth Systems

    Nigel is passionate about developing a strong Biochar sector in Australia and New Zealand. He is the founder and Director of Earth Systems and Cyclic Carbon, companies that have been actively innovating and commercialising technology in the Cleantech sector over the last 25 years including biochar. His biochar experience covers product development, IP protection, capital raising, commercialisation and market development. He  has degrees in environmental and earth sciences and experience in working in Australia, China, S.E. Asia, Africa and the Pacific. He has provided technical advice to companies, government, financial institutions and the aid sector in environmental science, cleantech and environmental management. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and was the foundation Chair of the Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme for Australia and New Zealand (CEnvP). He is also the current Chair of the Victorian Cleantech Cluster.

    About our awards ceremony presenter

    Ross Garnaut

    Ross Garnaut

    ANZBIG warmly welcomes Professor Ross Garnaut as our Patron. 

    ANZBIG is honoured by Professor Garnaut’s support for the emerging opportunities for large scale beneficial carbon drawdown in our region.


    Professor Garnaut is Australia’s most influential thinker on economic and climate policy, offering pragmatic solutions to complex policy problems that are tempered by a long career in international economics, business and public policy. He has chaired the boards of a number of businesses and charitable trusts including Bankwest (1988-95), Aluminium Smelters of Victoria (1988-90), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (1994-2000), International Food Policy Research Institute (2003-2010), Lihir Gold (1996-2010), Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd (2002-2004), Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program (2002-2012). He is now Director of ZEN Energy and sister companies Sunshot Energy and Renergi.

    Author of many influential reports to Governments including Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendency (1989), The Garnaut Climate Change Review (2008), Australia in the Global Response to Climate Change (2011): and books, including most recently Superpower: Australia’s Low Carbon Opportunity (2019) and RESET: Restoring Australia After the Pandemic Recession. 


    Ross has agreed to present this year’s National Biochar Awards at our Gala Dinner ceremony on Thursday, September 8.

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