23.05.2020

# New Publications

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Waller, Laurie; et al. 2020: “Contested Framings of Greenhouse Gas Removal and Its Feasibility: Social and Political Dimensions.”

Waller, Laurie, Tim Rayner, Jason Chilvers, Clair Amanda Gough, Irene Lorenzoni, Andrew Jordan, and Naomi Vaughan. 2020: “Contested Framings of Greenhouse Gas Removal and Its Feasibility: Social and Political Dimensions.” WIREs Climate Change, May. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.649.

"‌We conduct one of the first reviews of the international peer‐reviewed literature pertaining to the social and political dimensions of large‐scale GGR, with a specific focus on two predominant approaches: Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and afforestation/reforestation (AR). "

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06.05.2020

# New Publications

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Forster, Johanna; et al. 2020: “Mapping Feasibilities of Greenhouse Gas Removal: Key Issues, Gaps and Opening up Assessments.”

Forster, Johanna, Naomi E. Vaughan, Clair Gough, Irene Lorenzoni, and Jason Chilvers. 2020: “Mapping Feasibilities of Greenhouse Gas Removal: Key Issues, Gaps and Opening up Assessments.” Global Environmental Change 63 (July 2020): 102073. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102073.

‌"Here, we present one of the first studies to elicit perspectives through an expert mapping process to open up and broaden the discussion around feasibility of afforestation and BECCS. Our stakeholders included business and industry, non-governmental organisations and policy makers, spanning expertise in bioenergy, forestry, CCS and climate change."

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06.05.2020

# New Publications

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Workman, Mark; et al. 2020: “Decision Making in Contexts of Deep Uncertainty - An Alternative Approach for Long-Term Climate Policy.”

Workman, Mark, Kate Dooley, Guy Lomax, James Maltby, and Geoff Darch. 2020: “Decision Making in Contexts of Deep Uncertainty - An Alternative Approach for Long-Term Climate Policy.” Environmental Science & Policy 103 (January 2020): 77–84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.10.002.

‌"Here, we critically examine both the use of BECCS in mitigation scenarios and the decision making philosophy underlying the use of integrated assessment modelling to inform climate policy."

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10.04.2020

# Media

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Drax: The UK needs BECCS to reach net zero – here’s why

"Why experts think bioenergy with carbon capture and storage will be an essential part of the energy system"

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02.04.2020

# New Publications

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Favero, Alice; et al. 2020: “Forests: Carbon Sequestration, Biomass Energy, or Both?”

Favero, Alice, Adam Daigneault, and Brent Sohngen. 2020: “Forests: Carbon Sequestration, Biomass Energy, or Both?” Science Advances 6 (13): eaay6792. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aay6792.

"There is a continuing debate over the role that woody bioenergy plays in climate mitigation. This paper clarifies this controversy and illustrates the impacts of woody biomass demand on forest harvests, prices, timber management investments and intensity, forest area, and the resulting carbon balance under different climate mitigation policies."

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23.03.2020

# Media

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Worldward: Why Clean Up is our Moral Duty

"Every good parent teaches their children that if they make a mess, its their responsibility to clean it up. So why aren't we taking this simple idea seriously when it comes to the climate crisis?"

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19.03.2020

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Current News: Current± Chats: Drax's Will Gardiner on ending coal generation and the potential for providing inertia

"Drax CEO Will Gardiner spoke to Current± about why ending coal made sense, what will happen to the remaining units post-2022 and how bioenergy alongside carbon capture and storage (BECCS) fits into the future energy mix."

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09.03.2020

# Political Papers

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UK Parliament (2020): Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage

UK Parliament (2020): Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage. Number 618. London (POSTnote).

"This POSTnote summarises why BECCS has been included in the models, outlines the challenges and trade-offs of deploying at scale, and considers policy options for supporting its development."

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17.02.2020

# New Publications

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Butnar, Isabela, et al. (2020): The Role of Bioenergy for Global Deep Decarbonization: CO 2 Removal or Low‐carbon Energy?

Butnar, Isabela, Oliver Broad, Baltazar Solano Rodriguez, and Paul E. Dodds (2020): The Role of Bioenergy for Global Deep Decarbonization: CO2 Removal or Low‐carbon Energy? GCB Bioenergy, January. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12666.

"‌We use a global integrated assessment model, TIAM‐UCL, to investigate the role of bioenergy within the global energy system when direct air capture and afforestation are available as cost‐competitive alternatives to BECCS. We find that the presence of other CO2 removal technologies does not reduce the pressure on biomass resources but changes the use of bioenergy for climate mitigation."

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14.02.2020

# Media

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EIN Newsdesk: Department of Energy Issues Request for Information for Biomass Co-Firing Emission Profiles and Impacts on Carbon Capture

"The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) issued a request for information (RFI) for coal/biomass co-firing emission profiles and the impacts of those technologies on carbon capture systems."

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