S1 #4 | Biochar and BECCS: can we do more with plant power? artwork
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S1 #4 | Biochar and BECCS: can we do more with plant power?

  • S1E4
  • 41:29
  • November 3rd 2021

At first, the idea of harvesting, harnessing, even burning our beloved biomass may seem counterintuitive, at least from a carbon removal perspective. Why not just leave biomass be?

Well, as we've heard so far this season, the carbon cycle is out of kilter. Even with our best efforts of restoration and enhancement, relying on forests and soils alone for the carbon removal we need may be too slow, too short, too unreliable.

This is where biochar and Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) come in. While different, both offer to do more with biomass, for the sake of carbon removal and more.

Can these really achieve carbon neutrality, let alone removal? Is there enough biomass out there? Are these the scalable, permanent and reliable silver bullets we've been dreaming of?! In this episode, Tom and Emily teach each other a thing or two about how to get the best from your biomass, for carbon drawdown's sake.

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