Premises for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage

Limiting temperature rise well below 2 °C requires rapid transformation of the global energy system. A majority of existing scenarios as well as many national policy efforts rely heavily on bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve this goal. However, while socio-political drivers and barriers are known to be vital for technology development and transition management, the scenarios only account for techno-economic parameters. This project provides a first, broad assessment of socio-political prospects for deploying BECCS at the scales suggested in the scenarios

The aim of this project is to analyse the socio-political feasibilities of deploying BECCS in different world regions at the scales assumed by the global models for meeting the “well below 2 °C” goal.

We will do this by a) map various preferences regarding BECCS across Parties to the climate convention and among non-state actors, b) test what factors may influence preferences, and c) assess whether and how social and political levels of acceptance of BECCS can be included in the models to contribute to more realistic analysis of mitigation scenarios. These analyses will serve to underpin climate policy planning that involves prospects for negative emissions.

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