Last-ditch climate option or wishful thinking?

Last-ditch climate option or wishful thinking?

Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
29. Apr. 2016 by Almut Ernstin, Oliver Munnion
Date of Publication: April 2016
Number of Pages: 20
License: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0
Language of Publication: Englisch

News about climate change is going from bad to worse: Last October, global warming breached the 1oC temperature rise barrier and has stayed above it for six months running. Carbon levels in the atmosphere are anything but safe and it is hardly surprising that the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been seriously looking at ‘negative emissions’, i.e. at ways of taking carbon already emitted out of the atmosphere again.

This report summarises the key evidence that must be considered about BECCS. It looks at the overwhelmingly destructive impacts of existing large-scale bioenergy production and use and the implications of massively scaling it up, as would be required for a global BECCS programme. It examines the different technologies proposed for BECCS and shows them to be unproven, highly complex and thus failure-prone, and extremely costly.

The full report is also available for download.


Table of contents:

1. What is BECCS?

2. A necessary technology? The IPCC and BECCS

3. BECCS after the Paris COP

4. Removing carbon from the atmosphere to stabilise the climate: from BECCS to Carbon- Sucking Aliens

5. Does the concept of carbonnegative bioenergy make sense?

6. Could large-scale, climate friendly and sustainable bioenergy ever be possible?

7. Do BECCS technologies exist and are they scalable?

8. What technologies are proposed for BECCS?

9. Can we trust that sequestered

10. CO2 will stay put?

11. Making money from captured carbon: Enhanced Oil Recovery Turning captured carbon into ‘useful products’

12. Technology: The missing piece in the debate about BECCS

13. Concluding reflections: The pseudo-science around BECCS

14. References

15. BECCS Infographic


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