Challenges to the use of BECCS as a keystone technology in pursuit of 1.5⁰C

Clair Gough, Samira Garcia-freites, Christopher Jones, Sarah Mander, Brendan Moore, Cristina Pereira, Mirjam Röder, Naomi Vaughan, Andrew Welfle

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Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is represented in many integrated assessment models as a keystone technology in delivering the Paris Agreement on climate change. This paper explores six key challenges in relation to large scale BECCS deployment and considers ways to address these challenges. Research needs to consider how BECCS fits in the context of other mitigation approaches, how it can be accommodated within existing policy drivers and goals, identify where it fits within the wider socioeconomic landscape, and ensure that genuine net negative emissions can be delivered on a global scale.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere5
JournalGlobal Sustainability
Early online date13 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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