Tagged Biofuel

Energy Use And Climate Impacts Of Scaling Up Biofuels and Bioenergy

By Energy Innovation In late August, the Biden-Harris campaign came out with its strongest endorsement to date of ethanol and other biofuels, as Biden publicly criticized the Trump administration’s escalation of waivers exempting oil refineries from requirements to blend biofuels into their fuels. Political pressure over biofuel requirements have escalated in recent months as profit…

UCLA team proposes non-photosynthetic biological conversion of CO2

By mmillikin A team at UCLA is introducing a biological yet non-photosynthetic CO2 reduction mechanism that has the potential to yield environmental and economic benefits via CO2-derived high-value products. Their paper is published in the journal Joule. Most of us naturally associate biological CO2 conversion with photosynthesis in plants and algae. While engineering photosynthetic hosts…

Human Rights Dimensions of Bioenergy With Carbon Capture and Storage: A Framework for Climate Justice in the Realm of Climate Geoengineering

By Wil Burns This chapter proposes a framework for operationalizing the Paris Agreement’s human rights language in the context of an emerging potential response to climate change, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). BECCS seeks to reduce concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere in a process by which biomass is converted to…

Geoengineering the oceans: an emerging frontier in international climate change governance

By Wil Burns International climate change policy is increasingly reliant upon future large-scale removal and sequestration of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Assumptions on the development of ‘negative emissions’ technologies are built into recent IPCC emissions modelling and the 2015 Paris Agreement. Terrestrial proposals, such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, may be of…..

Hydrogen Stands Out in BP’s New Strategy – Ammonia Energy Association

By Charley Rattan BP released its second quarter financial results – and used the occasion to share the company’s new strategy with an important role for hydrogen. Included within the low-carbon thrust are renewable electricity, bioenergy, and hydrogen. Critically, BP is looking at these pursuits as synergistic parts of a whole: “The three low carbon…

US DOE announces $68m fund for bioenergy crops research

By Marta Ady The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $68 million (€57.8 million) in funding over five years for research aimed at making bioenergy feedstock crops more productive and resilient.The research will cover several common bioenergy feedstocks, including sorghum, pennycress, and poplar. The focus will be on the complex interactions between crops, soil,…

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