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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 140, November 2023

Category: bioenergy
Published: 23/11/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) stands at the forefront of innovative solutions in the quest for sustainable energy and climate change mitigation. BECCS involves capturing and permanently storing CO2 from processes where biomass is converted into fuels or directly burned to generate energy. Because plants absorb CO2 as they grow, this is a way of removing CO2 from the atmosphere. This dual functionality transforms BECCS into a versatile approach, capable of reducing carbon footprints while contributing to sustainable energy portfolios. Various BECCS pathways and technologies are currently under development, with diverse methods for CO2 collection and sequestration.

An example is Carbon Capture Scotland (CCSL)'s technology to capture and repurpose green carbon dioxide (biogenic CO2) emitted from its biomethane plants in the UK. This venture showcases the practical application of BECCS in diverse industries, producing sustainable fuel feedstock, dry ice for commercial use in the food, cold logistics and pharmaceutical industries and for carbon removal, via sequestration, purposes. Iona Capital has recently announced it has taken a stake in CCSL, aligning activities of the two businesses to further develop the sector.

Despite the promising aspects of BECCS, concerns have arisen, some of which have been highlighted by the Lifescape Project rewilding charity... 

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS) extended to 31 March 2028
  • UK government faces High Court challenge against Biomass Strategy
  • Energy world ‘set to change significantly by 2030’, according to IEA


  • Iona Capital invests in Carbon Capture Scotland Limited
  • New AD contract signed between Warwickshire County Council and Severn Trent Green Power
  • Coldiretti and Italgas sign MoU to replace a “quarter of fossil gas” with biomethane

Research & Development

  • FM BioEnergy’s easy-dose digester additive delivers 400% ROI for AD plant
  • Rewind secures $5 million for its distinctive carbon dioxide removal method in the Black Sea

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Suzano invests in new biomass boiler
  • RENOVA biomass power plant begins operation

Energy from Waste

  • China's Shanghai Electric provides support for waste-to-energy facility in Malaysia


  • Synergie Environ installs AD plant for Sterling Pharma Solutions in “UK first”
  • Wales’ first-ever biomethane refuelling station for HGVs opens
  • More...

Carbon Capture

  • Japanese companies, along with Petronas, pursue CCS project in Malaysia
  • Graphyte announces new carbon dioxide removal approach


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