We have submitted our response to proposed business models laid out by BEIS to help achieve the deployment of power BECCS at scale within the 2020s.
Our response specifically covers a selection of consultation questions:
Have we identified the most important challenges in considering the development of power BECCS projects?
While we agree with the government's assessment of the challenges, the business model must also be applicable to power BECCS across a range of sizes of installations, including those outside of expected carbon capture clusters and pipelines.
Are there any other power BECCS-specific risks that need to be considered? If so, what are your proposals for mitigating them?
Our response highlights the need for greater clarity on sourcing a balance of biomass feedstocks, both domestic and imported, as this will be important for this first-of-a-kind negative emissions project. We would like to see a growing market for domestic biomass.
Do you agree that a power BECCS project should report against a suitable threshold to ensure that we achieve a minimum level of net-negativity from any power BECCS project is achieved?
We agree with the principle of a threshold to ensure a minimum level of net negativity, but emphasise that the threshold should be determined after future consideration of what is a feasible and reasonable level, factoring in multiple feedstock supply chains.
NFU members can download our response in full: NFU consultation response – business model proposals for deployment of power BECCS