How plausible is a rapid global increase in the deployment of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)? Policy Card D1a D1b

Most future scenarios of the energy systems needed to avoid dangerous climate change involve the removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide later this century (referred to as a ‘negative emissions’ technology). BECCS is currently the only technology with the potential to remove carbon from the atmosphere at a global scale, whilst meeting future rising energy needs of a growing global population.

However, experts are concerned about how quickly BECCS can be scaled up from demonstration projects and there are still considerable technical, social and environmental challenges that must be overcome before it is considered a reliable solution to global warming.