International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Bamboo Charcoal now has its own International Standard

4 Dec 2020

 The International Organization for Standardization has officially released a series of three international standards for bamboo charcoal. 

4 December 2020 – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) officially released a series of three international standards for bamboo charcoal, namely: generalities (ISO 21626-1:2020), fuel applications (ISO 21626-2:2020), and purification applications (ISO 21626-3:2020). These series specify the terms and definitions, classification, physical and chemical index requirements, testing methods, as well as marking, packaging, transportation and storage of bamboo charcoal products.

Millions of households around the world rely on biomass, often timber, as fuel for cooking and heating. Bamboo charcoal is a sustainable and reliable alternative source of energy that helps countries reduce the use of wood protect fragile forests, while still meeting the energy needs of their growing populations. Bamboo charcoal and briquettes can be created easily, without the need for large investment, and boast a similar calorific value and fuel efficiency to commonly used forms of bioenergy, yet having a smaller environmental impact than other common forms of biomass feedstock.

INBAR is a liaison ‘A’ organisation of the technical committee (TC) promoting the standardisation of bamboo, rattan, and derived materials: ISO / TC 296. In particular, INBAR plays an important role in the engagement of stakeholders and facilitating consensus on decision making. For the working group on bamboo charcoal, Ms. Dulce Punzala from the Philippines has been designed as the convener, and Professor Zhang Wenbiao from Zhejiang Agricultural and Forestry University as the project leader. Besides them, more than ten bamboo charcoal enterprises and testing institutions joined in the formulation of the standards, and provided relevant test samples and data. These formulations received advice from International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR), INBAR and many experts from China and other countries’ universities.

These official standards aim to improve the world bamboo standardisation system, regulating the definitions and quality of bamboo charcoal and products. Standardisation can help overcome technical and trade barriers and promote wider international use of bamboo resources. In the case of bamboo charcoal, international standards should promote the rapid development of international trade in bamboo charcoal products, bringing significant environmental benefits and new income streams and jobs for rural communities.

 To find out more about how bamboo charcoal can support the UN Sustainable Development Goal for renewable energy, read here. 

 Learn about bamboo charcoal, briquettes and their applications in this webinar recording, watch here.

 Read this Q&A about the bamboo charcoal standard and more here.