Editor: Mathias Fridahl
Supported by Fores
The role of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in climate governance is contested. On one hand, a growing climate modelling literature concludes that the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal is unlikely to be achieved without the deployment of BECCS; on the other hand, the feasibility of deploying BECCS at the scales suggested in the climate scenarios is increasingly being questioned. This book highlights the many caveats involved in moving from BECCS’ global mitigation potential, as depicted in the idealized world of climate scenarios, to economically viable potentials available to investors at the business scale. It concludes that overcoming the challenges associated with realizing the theoretical potential of BECCS will be daunting, a true uphill struggle. Yet with appropriate policy incentives, BECCS may still come to play an important role in the struggle to limit global warming to well below 2°C.