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Progress on BECCS

Summary

Assessment of BECCS in GB

BECCS (BioEnergy with Carbon Capture & Storage) is the cornerstone of the National Grid's approach to achieving net zero.

It depends on technology which is unproven at scale.

No generation of electricity or capture of carbon is forecast within the next 5 years, and there has been no production generation or capture so far.

A pilot project is underway at Drax in North Yorkshire.

Until we can see some evidence that BECCS is feasible at scale and that the forecast performance can be achieved on the National Grid's timescales, we rate it as Amber.

For more information about BECCS, see our BECCS page.

Last updated March 2021

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(Graph based on National Grid data.)