BECCS: negative emissions and the dispute over the role of biomass

The goal is clear: By 2050, the European Union wants to be climate-neutral. But even beyond that, there will be emissions that cannot be avoided, for example, in agriculture, in the transport sector, but also in some branches of industry. The need for so-called negative emissions is, therefore, not a new insight. For a long time, however, it was assumed in climate policy that natural sinks, together with measures for reforestation or the rewetting of peatlands, would be sufficient to filter enough greenhouse gases out of the air.

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