20.08.2018

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CarbonBrief: Why BECCS might not produce ‘negative’ emissions after all

"Bioenergy crops with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is, perhaps, the most prominent of the various negative emissions techniques. There are many attractive features, since this technology would provide energy – thus reducing our need for fossil fuels – and remove CO2 from the atmosphere at the same time."

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16.08.2018

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L'Echo: Capturing CO2 can't replace forests (French)

French article on CE.

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10.08.2018

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teKK: Forests are crucial for limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees (German)

German article on CE.

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08.08.2018

# New Publications

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Harper, A. B.; et al. (2018): Land-use emissions play a critical role in land-based mitigation for Paris climate targets

Harper, A. B.; Powell, T.; Cox, P. M.; House, J.; Huntingford, C.; Lenton, T. M. et al. (2018): Land-use emissions play a critical role in land-based mitigation for Paris climate targets. In: Nat Comms 9 (1), S. 405. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05340-z.

"Here we show that additional land-use change to meet a 1.5 °C climate change target could result in net losses of carbon from the land. The effectiveness of BECCS strongly depends on several assumptions related to the choice of biomass, the fate of initial above ground biomass, and the fossil-fuel emissions offset in the energy system. Depending on these factors, carbon removed from the atmosphere through BECCS could easily be offset by losses due to land-use change. If BECCS involves replacing high-carbon content ecosystems with crops, then forest-based mitigation could be more eficient for atmospheric CO2 removal than BECCS."

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18.07.2018

# New Publications

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Gough, Clair; et al (2018): Biomass energy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

Gough, Clair; Thornley, Patricia; Mander, Sarah; Vaughan, Naomi; Falano, Temitope (2018): Biomass energy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Unlocking negative emissions. First edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

"This book is essential reading for anybody interested in understanding the role that biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) can play in transition to a low'carbon economy and the challenge of achieving the targets embedded in the Paris Agreement."

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16.07.2018

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Nature Energy: NET gains

"Negative emissions technologies face numerous challenges, from techno-economic hurdles to public acceptance concerns, but progress in research, collaboration and regulation provide indications that they may yet form part of future energy systems."

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04.06.2018

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Physics World: What’s the outlook for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage?

"Simply ramping up the deployment of bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) may not be enough to guarantee an acceleration in meeting climate targets. Analysis based on a complex set of Earth system models shows that achieving net negative carbon dioxide emissions is also strongly linked to the geographical location of bio-energy feedstock. The study draws attention to the importance of maintaining tropical forests and their vital role as carbon sinks. Allowing deforestation in the tropics to facilitate large-scale BECCS appears to tip the balance towards higher atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide near the end of the century."

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22.05.2018

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Business Green: 'Hugely exciting': Drax to test carbon capture technology at North Yorkshire biomass plant

"In a major boost for both CO2 capture development and hopes that a negative emissions industry could one day play a key role in a net zero emission economy, the energy firm said it was partnering with C-Capture - a spin out from the University of Leeds - to invest £400,000 in "what could be the first of several pilot projects" at Drax to deliver "rapid, low cost demonstration of BECCS" (bioenergy CCS)."

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22.05.2018

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Carbon Brief: Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS

"To limit global warming in 2100 to below 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, many scientists assume that the large-scale use of negative emissions in the latter half of the 21st century will be needed. Negative emissions “suck” CO2 out of the atmosphere, allowing a more gradual reduction of emissions in the near-term."

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19.05.2018

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Geoengineering Monitor: Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)

"BECCS describes capturing CO2 from bioenergy applications and sequestering it through either Carbon Capture and Storage or Carbon Capture, Use and Storage. BECCS is considered “carbon negative” because bioenergy is wrongly considered “carbon neutral” based on the idea that plants will regrow to fix the carbon that has been emitted."

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