Most computer modelled scenarios that limit global warming to below 2°C rely on some amount of CO2 removal from the atmosphere later this century.1 BECCS is a process that has the potential to remove carbon from the atmosphere. If deployed at large-scale it could result in ‘negative emissions’, whilst still meeting global power and heating needs. However, many scenarios imply a large and rapid scale-up of BECCS that might be unachievable, or at least not without serious side effects. BECCS is not a viable substitute for early action on cutting emissions.
More efficient ways to decrease CO2 in the atmosphere need to be considered, requiring further research and development.
Find out more
- Report D2a: Planetary limits to BECCS negative emissions
- BECCS policy card D1a D1b: How plausible is a rapid global increase in the deployment of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)?