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Great potential for bio-CCS in Sweden

Sweden has a great potential for reducing the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere through bio-CCS, capture and storage of carbon dioxide from the combustion of biofuels. This shows a summary in the magazine Bioenergi. About 30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from biofuels are discharged from the 23 largest pulp mills and 15 largest cogeneration plants in Sweden. Capturing and storing this carbon dioxide would correspond to more than half of the Swedish greenhouse gas emissions. Negative emissions, carbon dioxide binding instead of emissions, will become a necessary part of climate policy to meet the 1.5-degree target according to most of the scenarios developed by the IPCC climate panel. In order to meet the Swedish target of zero emissions in 2045, negative emissions will probably also be required. - Our summary shows that the Swedish forest industry and our district heating plants offer a unique opportunity to demonstrate bio-CCS on a large scale, says Bioenergi's chief editor Anders Haaker in a comment. The figures are taken from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's emissions register and are valid for 2017. A government inquiry looks at the possibilities of applying bio-CCS in Sweden, which legal obstacles exist and which policy instruments may be needed. read more here

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