No time to waste: producing biochar from waste to combat climate change

Shalabh Poudyal, a mechanical engineer from Nepal, does not want to waste any time in the fight against climate change in his home country. He came to Germany as an International Climate Protection fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to pursue research on how to reuse municipal waste as an alternative energy source. His research is driven by the situation in Nepal where waste often ends up in the countryside, damaging the environment. After carrying out research at a company in Berlin that converts biomass to biochar, Shalabh aims to set up a similar system in Nepal to help prevent climate change and environmental degradation.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has been supporting young researchers and managers from developing and emerging countries with its International Climate Protection Fellowship since 2009. The programme is financed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Environment Ministry (BMUB). Media and communication students at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg made the video as part of a project.