07.06.2017

# Political Papers

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International Energy Agency (2017): Energy Technology Perspectives 2017

International Energy Agency (2017): Energy Technology Perspectives 2017. Paris.

"Negative emissions, notably in power generation and fuel transformation, become critical as low-carbon ambitions rise."

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07.06.2017

# Media

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Carbon Brief: IEA: World can reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2060 to meet Paris climate goals

"Global emissions can be pushed down to “net zero” by 2060 to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, says the International Energy Agency (IEA)."

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19.05.2017

# New Publications

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Boysen, Lena R.; et al. (2017): The limits to global-warming mitigation by terrestrial carbon removal

Boysen, Lena R.; Lucht, Wolfgang; Gerten, Dieter; Heck, Vera; Lenton, Timothy M.; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim (2017): The limits to global-warming mitigation by terrestrial carbon removal. In: Earth's Future 4, S. 514. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000469 

"Massive near-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction is a precondition for staying “well below 2°C” global warming as envisaged by the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, extensive terrestrial carbon dioxide removal (tCDR) through managed biomass growth and subsequent carbon capture and storage is required to avoid temperature “overshoot” in most pertinent scenarios."

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04.05.2017

# New Publications

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Solano Rodriguez, Baltazar; et al. (2016): Decarbonizing the EU energy system by 2050. An important role for BECCS

Solano Rodriguez, Baltazar; Drummond, Paul; Ekins, Paul (2016): Decarbonizing the EU energy system by 2050. An important role for BECCS. In Climate Policy 17 (sup1), S93-S110. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2016.1242058.

"This article examines the implications for the EU’s energy system if an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions is to be achieved by 2050 against 1990 levels, using the European TIMES Model (ETM-UCL) to project a least-cost pathway that meets this CO2 constraint (‘Policy Success’), along with milestone targets for 2020. A Reference scenario (no CO2 constraints post-2020) was analysed to allow for comparison."

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03.05.2017

# Media

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Vice News: Going negative

"This factory will be the first to suck up carbon dioxide and feed it to vegetables"

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24.04.2017

# New Publications

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Walsh, Brian; Ciais, Philippe; et al. (2017): Pathways for balancing CO2 emissions and sinks. In Nature Communications

Walsh, Brian; Ciais, Philippe; et al. (2017): Pathways for balancing CO2 emissions and sinks. In Nature Communications. doi:10.1038/ncomms14856

"We find that, barring unforeseen and transformative technological advancement, anthropogenic emissions need to peak within the next 10 years, to maintain realistic pathways to meeting the COP21 emissions and warming targets. Fossil fuel consumption will probably need to be reduced below a quarter of primary energy supply by 2100 and the allowable consumption rate drops even further if negative emissions technologies remain technologically or economically unfeasible at the global scale."

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15.04.2017

# Media

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Climate Home: We already have a magic technology that sucks up carbon

"Why have emissions plans that rely on removing carbon from the air with unproven technologies when forests can do it today?"

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15.04.2017

# Media

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Energy Collective: Carbon Capture on Biofuels: A Path to Net Negative Emissions

On BECCS. "On April 7, Archer Daniels Midland, the food processing and biofuels company, began permanently storing carbon dioxide 7000 feet underground, adjacent to its Decatur, Illinois corn ethanol plant.  At full capacity, the Illinois Industrial carbon capture and storage facility will prevent one million metric tonnes per year of carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere.  That is equivalent to taking more than 200,000 cars off the road, or eliminating emissions from more than 100,000 typical American homes."

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12.04.2017

# New Publications

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Fajardy, Mathilde; Mac Dowell, Niall (2017): Can BECCS deliver sustainable and resource efficient negative emissions?

Fajardy, Mathilde; Mac Dowell, Niall (2017): Can BECCS deliver sustainable and resource efficient negative emissions? In Energy Environ. Sci. DOI: 10.1039/C7EE00465F

"In this contribution we present a whole-systems analysis of the BECCS value chain associated with the cultivation, harvesting, transport and conversion in dedicated biomass power stations in conjunction with CCS, of a range of biomass resources – both dedicated energy crops (miscanthus, switchgrass, short rotation coppice willow), and agricultural residues (wheat straw)."

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03.04.2017

# Media

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Work For Rain (Blog): Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage: Climate Savior or Goat?

"BECCS means burning biomass for energy, separating CO2 in the process, and then injecting this gas deep underground in a reservoir capped by non-porous rock or mineral. Of the 116 scenarios that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) most recent Fifth Assessment Report suggests will stabilize our climate by the end of the century, 101 of them rely on BECCS."

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