Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is a risky, unproven, costly, and dangerous distraction from the urgent and drastic emissions cuts needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. Yet the fossil fuel industry has been keen to present it as the long-awaited magical climate fix, simply because it would enable them to keep on profiting from the destruction of our communities and ecosystems.
Friends of the Earth International opposes BECCS because:
- It is a dangerous distraction from real, adequate, urgently needed climate action.
- It would have unimaginable social and ecological impacts.
- It is unproven and ineffective.
- It opens the door to corrupt carbon offsetting.
BECCS won’t provide the solution to the increasing violence of climate impacts. The solutions already exist, within our peoples and communities. To achieve climate justice we demand clean, accessible, affordable, community-owned energy systems.
In our report “A Leap in the Dark: The Dangers of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)” we unpack the risks and pitfalls of BECCS and why it must be opposed.