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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 121, April 2022

Category: bioenergy
Published: 21/04/2022
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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Carbon capture and storage from biomass energy generation (BECCS) can be viewed as a means of negative carbon emissions. The typical process, after biomass combustion, involves isolating CO2 from flue gases using a solvent. This CO2 is then pressurised or liquefied for transportation, before being permanently injected and sequestered into porous rock formations. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggest BECCS implementation in three out of their four model pathways aimed at limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. To achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the UK Government has plans for large scale BECCS deployment, including a target of 5 million tonnes of annual CO2 removal through BECCS and direct air capture by 2030.

To aid the UK’s energy progression, the Government has recently launched an investment package for innovative energy technologies. Within this, some £5 million of funding is allocated to CCS technologies to accelerate its research, development, and deployment. Furthermore, the UK Government is looking to launch the Future System Operator (FSO)... 

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • Major acceleration of homegrown power in Britain’s plan for greater energy independence
  • Government future proofs Britain’s energy system with launch of new body to boost energy resilience


  • A.P. Moller - Maersk engages in strategic partnerships to scale green methanol production by 2025
  • Enviva announces £190 million investment in new wood pellet production plant in Mississippi
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Micro AD system to help Welsh farmers cut emissions
  • UK Government unveils investment for energy technologies of the future

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Drax opens new pellet plant in ‘Sweet Home Alabama’


  • Veolia and Waga Energy commission one of the largest biomethane production units in Europe
  • Switzerland begins consultations on incentives to promote cleaner energy, including biogas plants
  • Swedish Government announces biogas investment plan

Energy from Waste

  • UK Consultation on new targets for reducing waste to landfill

Carbon Capture

  • Saltend Chemicals Park secures another site as part of Humberside’s carbon capture storage future
  • BECCS for Cyclus project in Baton Rouge
  • More...


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