Integrated Assessment of BECCS in context: environmental, policy, regulatory and social factors

IDRIC Project MIP 2.6

The University of Manchester
Tyndall Centre

Background

As industrial decarbonisation progresses, and CCS infrastructure comes online, the wider role of the clusters in delivering net zero will come into sharper focus, including the potential to deliver negative emissions. BECCS is a key pillar of the UK net zero strategy but many remaining challenges and uncertainties to its deployment are identified as being non-technical in nature and dependent on specific supply chain configurations. The project will supplement feasibility studies by providing much-needed clarity on specific aspects of BECCS development, taking account of specifics in terms of geography and supply chain configuration, benchmarked against the NW cluster

Dr Clair Gough

Dr Clair Gough

Principal Investigator
Dr Clair Gough, University of Manchester

Project Team

University of Manchester:

Dr Sarah Mander
Dr Diarmaid Clery
Dr Muir Freer
Ms Abhilasha Fullonton
Ms Lisa Bell

Aim

This project will assess the technical and non-technical implications of developing integrated BECCS facilities within the clusters, including supply chain emissions, policy, regulatory and social factors.

More Detail

With competition for biogenic feedstocks, including the use of residues and waste streams, the spatial configuration of supply chains requires greater scrutiny to support a realistic assessment of their potential and impacts, and to enable accurate monitoring of emissions and carbon removals.

Furthermore, near term BECCS deployment requires transparency and certainty across the complex policy and regulatory landscape. The aim will be to expose key barriers and challenges to BECCS deployment and inform future deployment choices towards a just and successful net zero transition. The research will be conducted through a combination of linked desk-based and empirical methods which will bring together spatial modelling, carbon accounting, policy mapping, interviews with stakeholders and a community workshop.

Meet the Team

Dr Sarah Mander

Dr Sarah Mander

Dr Sarah Mander

University of Manchester

Dr Diarmaid Clery

Dr Diarmaid Clery

University of Manchester

Dr Muir Freer

Dr Muir Freer

University of Manchester

Ms Abhilasha Fullonton

Ms Abhilasha Fullonton

University of Manchester

Ms Lisa Bell

Ms Lisa Bell

University of Manchester

Dr Sarah Mander

Dr Sarah Mander

Dr Sarah Mander

University of Manchester

Dr Diarmaid Clery

Dr Diarmaid Clery

University of Manchester

Dr Muir Freer

Dr Muir Freer

University of Manchester

Ms Abhilasha Fullonton

Ms Abhilasha Fullonton

University of Manchester

Ms Lisa Bell

Ms Lisa Bell

University of Manchester

Planned Outputs

This project will consider potential BECCS facilities within the NW cluster to advance understanding in certain critical areas, namely:

  • Spatially explicit supply chain configuration and carbon performance including the movement of feedstocks, CO2 and energy vectors between energy conversion, storage and end use facilities
  • The regulatory environments into which different elements of the supply chains operate and the overarching policy frameworks which will govern and finance their development
  • Community perceptions of industrial decarbonisation and BECCS and their governance.

Associated Outputs