BECCS – Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage

What is BECCS? BECCS stands for Bio Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage. It is an emerging technology that has the potential to go beyond traditional climate change mitigation, and instead actually achieve negative emissions, i.e. net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. How does it work? Negative CO2 emissions are generated by combining bio-energy production (biomass fuel-power stations, pulp mills and bio-fuel plants) with carbon capture and storage technology, allowing carbon dioxide to be captured from the atmosphere and remitted back underground. The road to commercialisation The Natural Step is pleased to be collaborating with Biorecro, a Swedish clean tech company that is commercialising BECCS technology with the vision to reverse climate change by returning to pre-industrial levels of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere (i.e. below 350 ppm). Various partners from Scandinavia and North America are involved in a wider collaboration to establish the business models, infrastructure and industry networks needed for commercialisation. Listen to a podcast with Henrik Karlson, President and CEOBiorecro, recorded by Think Globally Radio. Learn more about Biorecro by visiting their website: http://www.biorecro.com/ Sustainability Analysis of the Technology The Natural Step has conducted a baseline assessment of BECCS technology using the The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development and its underlying scientific sustainability principles.The assessment is conducted from the perspective of asking does the technology have a role in a sustainable society or act as a stepping stone to get us there? The results are promising and The Natural Step is conducting ongoing work with Biorecro to provide a third party view on their processes. The assessment is part of The...

Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SaskFlax)

In 2009, SaskFlax completed a visioning exercise with The Natural Step Canada that helped the organization formally incorporate sustainability into their day-to-day decisions and long-term planning. The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SaskFlax) is a producer organization that represents more than 15,000 flax producers in Saskatchewan. The Commission invests in research, advocacy, communications, and market development activities to improve flax management, increase farmers’ revenue, and further develop the flax industry in the province. Read the case study by clicking...