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New paper looks at the greenhouse gas removal potential of different biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) supply chains

8 July 2021

Greenhouse gas removal (GGR) approaches, such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), are likely to be required to support the 2050 net-zero target to offset residual emissions from 'hard-to-abate' sectors.

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This paper presents results from process modelling and lifecycle assessment (LCA) to identify the GGR potential of three BECCS supply chains. Results show that the BECCS supply chains have significant GGR potential with net-negative emissions between -647 and -1137  CO2e mass (kg MWh−1).

Emissions were compared per unit of energy output, biomass and land area required for each supply chain.  The analysis shows that BECCS has the potential to provide significant GGR alongside additional services for energy and transport but with trade-offs, in terms of performance and sustainability implications, between the different options. With investment decisions set to establish operational CCS infrastructure in the mid-2020s, concentrated in industrial clusters, the UK is on track to establish the necessary transport and storage infrastructure over the coming decade. Our research makes a case for the early demonstration of BECCS technologies within the clusters, and beyond, in order to realise the potential for BECCS within the UK’s wider net-zero strategy. 

A variety of bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) supply chains can deliver greenhouse gas removal (GGR) but sustainability implications and GGR potential are dependent on supply chain configuration.

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