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Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage Approaches for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief

Bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is a technology that integrates biomass conversion to heat, electricity, or liquid or gas fuels with carbon capture and sequestration, including the use of biochar for sequestration in soils.

This new publication summarizes a webinar and workshop that addressed the state of knowledge and research needs related to the potential of BECCS as a carbon dioxide removal approach, including:

  • An overview of biomass resources, production pathways and capacities, implications of various feedstocks, advanced conversion technologies, and capture and storage strategies
  • Status, challenges, and costs of implemented bioenergy and biofuels
  • Cross-cutting issues that include life cycle impacts of large-scale BECCS deployment, policies and incentives for implementation of these approaches, and social acceptability barriers

The webinar and workshop were held to inform an ongoing National Academies study, Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration. Other workshop topics in the study, for which proceedings have been or will be produced, include coastal blue carbon, land management practices, direct air capture, and geologic sequestration.

The final publication of the study will be an expert consensus report that outlines a detailed research and development agenda to assess the benefits, risks, and sustainable scale potential for carbon dioxide removal and sequestration approaches, as well as to increase their commercial viability.

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