BECCS to the future: Analyzing potential developments for the BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) Technology until 2030

Background:

85 percent of the scenarios for the two-degree target evaluated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assume the application of negative emission technologies (NETs). The production of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the most referred NET when talking about reaching the climate targets. However, BECCS may have undesirable side effects. The application of BECCS requires crop- and wood-based biomass for bioenergy production. Increased demand for biomass may cause feedback effects on food prices, the expansion of agricultural land into natural areas, and the conversion of forests. Aim of the master thesis is to find out how the BECCS technology might develop in the next 10 years by using interviews.