UK starts consultation on supporting bioenergy with carbon capture

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August 11 (Renewables Now) - The UK government on Thursday kicked off a consultation on how to back biomass energy generation with carbon capture over the next 10 years.

The technology is known as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and offers the opportunity to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Comments on proposals for a business model to encourage development of BECCS in the UK are being sought until October 7.

“Today’s plans could create an entirely new industry in our country, using sustainable biomass in a way that absorbs harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,” said Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

“The more clean power we generate within the UK, the less exposed we’ll all be to volatile gas markets that are pushing up bills,” Kwarteng also commented.

The government noted the consultation is in line with a pledge in the Net Zero Strategy to support greenhouse gas removal technology.

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