16.10.2020

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Nikkei Asia: Carbon capture receives global push from Mitsubishi Heavy

"Japanese company says used with biomass plant, negative net emissions achievable."

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09.10.2020

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ICEF (2020): Roadmap Project on “Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (BiCRS)”

ICEF (2020): Roadmap Project on “Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (BiCRS)”. (Draft for comment).

"We introduce a new term -- biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS) – which we believe better describes this topic than the traditional term -- bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)."

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05.10.2020

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Haus, Johannes; et al. (2020): Increasing the efficiency of chemical looping combustion of biomass by a dual-stage fuel reactor design to reduce carbon capture costs

Haus, Johannes; Lindmüller, Lennard; Dymala, Timo; Jarolin, Kolja; Feng, Yi; Hartge, Ernst-Ulrich et al. (2020): Increasing the efficiency of chemical looping combustion of biomass by a dual-stage fuel reactor design to reduce carbon capture costs. In Mitig Adapt Strat Glob Change 25 (6), pp. 969–986. DOI: 10.1007/S11027-020-09917-2.

"This paper analyzes the capabilities of a pilot-scale chemical looping combustion plant firing wood biomass in two stages to efficiently achieve negative carbon dioxide emissions."

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31.08.2020

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European Academies’ Science Advisory Council: Emissions Trading System: Stop Perverse Climate Impact of Biomass by Radically Reforming CO2 Accounting Rules

"Several European countries who are considered leaders in climate protection owe their apparently good emission reductions to biomass. These might turn out to look quite different in the future, if carbon-accounting under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) were to be based on science and the real effects on climate. As the European Commission works on a revision of its central climate policy tool, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council suggests a radically new standard."

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31.08.2020

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Hull Daily Mail: Drax statement after Extinction Rebellion stage protest at power station

"On a Facebook Live post on the Extinction Rebellion North site members said they hoped to “lift the lid on greenwashing and biomass”as part of their ongoing campaign against Drax Power, with protesters claiming they are the “UK’s number one polluter” and “pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes”."

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25.08.2020

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Field, John L; et al. (2020): Robust paths to net greenhouse gas mitigation and negative emissions via advanced biofuels

Field, John L.; Richard, Tom L.; Smithwick, Erica A. H.; Cai, Hao; Laser, Mark S.; LeBauer, David S. et al. (2020): Robust paths to net greenhouse gas mitigation and negative emissions via advanced biofuels. In PNAS, p. 201920877. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1920877117.

"Our assessment illustrates how deliberate land use choices support the climate performance of current-day cellulosic ethanol technology and how technological advancements and carbon capture and storage addition could produce several times the climate mitigation potential of competing land-based biological mitigation schemes."

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13.08.2020

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Scientific American: How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic

"Current plans for drawing down carbon dioxide call for more trees, grasses and crop residues than Earth can spare."

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03.08.2020

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Insider Media Limited: Drax Group Hails Robust Half-Year Results

"Biomass generation increased by 16 per cent during the period, ahead of its planned end to coal generation in March 2021."

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29.07.2020

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Yale Environment Review: Mapping California’s withering forests gives new energy to wildfire abatement

"As climate change worsens, greater tree mortality across the globe will pose an increasing wildfire threat. New mapping approaches could help manage this risk."

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23.07.2020

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Euractiv: The Dutch have decided: Burning biomass is not sustainable

"The Netherlands should phase out the use of biomass for generating electricity as soon as possible, the advisory board of the Dutch government said in a report presented earlier this month."

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