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Land use emissions pathways to a Paris-consistent world: an exploration of the relationship between BECCS, nature-based climate solutions and food systems

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Chatham House Energy, Environment and Resources Department & Prince of Wales's ISU

19 January 2018, 09:00–17:00 GMT  •  Workshop

Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE United Kingdom

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Chatham House Energy, Environment and Resources Department & Prince of Wales's ISU

 

There is growing interest in the role of negative emissions technologies, and in particular bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), in achieving the UNFCCC Paris Agreement’s goals. Significant deployment of BECCS is common to most Paris-compliant emissions reduction pathways, but raises important considerations for policy-makers. This meeting, hosted by the Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit, Chatham House's Energy, Environment and Resources department and the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy, brought together scientists, policy-makers and other interested parties, mainly from the UK and the EU to explore the BECCS assumptions underpinning these pathways, the mitigation potential of natural ecosystems, and their relationship to one another. Reference was also be made to agricultural production and food systems, and the mitigation potential of both supply and demand side measures.