Environmental Audit Commitee opens inquiry into carbon capture technologies with potential for negative emissions

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) wants evidence for its new inquiry into negative emissions technologies.
It says the government has previously indicated that negative emissions technologies will play a role in meeting Net Zero, with a specific focus around using biomass with carbon capture and storage or using chemical absorbents for direct air carbon capture and sequestration. Marine carbon capture is also of interest.
Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, Environmental Audit Committee Chairman, , said: “The role of negative emissions technologies could hold the key, and our Committee looks forward to exploring the feasibility of this approach”.
The Committee says it wants written submissions by Thursday 28 October, predominantly but not exclusively looking at BECCS and DACCS.
Questions include:
• Technology development and the likely timeframe to be operational at scale in the UK?
• Barriers to further development and how to overcome them.
• Links and co-benefits to other technological innovations.
• The trade-offs between availability of land and availability of sustainable biomass .
• Options for storing carbon dioxide
• Whether there is a danger of over-reliance on these technologies.
• What support is needed from the UK government, including policy changes.
• How to ensure the UK gains a competitive advantage in the sector.

1 comment for “Environmental Audit Commitee opens inquiry into carbon capture technologies with potential for negative emissions

  1. Nikki Jones
    October 11, 2021 at 7:16 AM

    It seems the question they are not asking is for the full LCA – whether these ‘technologies’ really will reduce our carbon output.

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