Policy Support for Biochar? Review and Recommendations

Ghasideh Pourhashem

Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy

Ghasideh Pourhashem, is a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies.Pourhashem is broadly interested in incorporating sustainability into decision-making and how policies can help foster innovative approaches to sustainable energy development. Her work evaluates the environmental, economic and social impacts of climate change mitigation strategies and renewable energies. Her research at the Baker Institute focuses on the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of biochar applications as a carbon sequestration technique and a resource-saving method by affecting the fertilizer efficiency and agricultural soils.She holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Drexel University where her research focused on life-cycle environmental and cost analysis of renewable cellulosic biofuels implementing life-cycle assessment (LCA) methods. She currently serves on the advisory board of the U.S. Biochar Initiative.

Elsie Hung

Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy

Shih Yu (Elsie) Hung is a research associate at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. She holds an M.Sc. in energy management from Tulane University with a focus on the energy industry.


Despite the increasing research effort on the promising environmental benefits of biochar, a (co)product of thermal processing of biomass, the adoption of biochar as a sustainable soil management strategy has not yet... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Ghasideh Pourhashem (Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy)
  2. Elsie Hung (Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy)
  3. Kenneth B. Medlock (Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy)

Topic Areas

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Public policy and governance


ThS-17 » Sustainable energy systems 4 - Bioenergy (11:30 - Thursday, 29th June, Room H)

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