00 More than 20 years

1 Capture

1.1 BiCRS

Biomass is fast becoming a topic of interest for governments looking for solutions to the climate crisis and cleaner energy sources. Of its multiple potential uses, carbon dioxide removal (CDR) may be one of the best ways it can help achieve net-zero emissions goals. However, even with the best intentions, guidelines are needed to ensure a truly carbon-negative impact.

What Is Biomass and How Can it Curb Climate Change?

Biomass refers to any material that comes from living things, including wood and bark from trees, leaves or stems from plants, and even animal manure. When it comes to fighting climate change, carbon-rich biomass material can be used to remove carbon from the atmosphere, or it can be an alternative to fossil fuels for producing energy. In this context, biomass can be grown for the sole purpose of supplying material, or it can be collected as waste that results from other processes, such as agriculture and forestry.

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Example Example

Corn is a common crop used for biomass production.  Agricultural waste, such as corn stover — the parts of the corn plant that are not harvested for food production — is one way to use the crop more sustainably.

However, unsustainable use of the finite biomass supply may hamper decarbonization efforts. If it is purposefully grown for fuel or as a carbon removal feedstock, biomass can be land-intensive and carry large carbon and environmental impacts. Purpose-grown biomass can displace food production, lower carbon sequestration potential and increase emissions from fertilizer, irrigation and harvest equipment used in the process.

Example example

In the U.S., for example, if decarbonization policies continue to incentivize purpose-grown biomass crops, particularly corn or soy crops or whole trees, there is a danger that these policies will move the U.S. further from its climate goals.

On the other hand, if sourced sustainably, biomass from wastes and residues from agriculture and forestry can support decarbonization.

To build a net-zero economy by 2050, biomass needs to come from only those sources that are truly carbon-negative. As many industries, including carbon removal, turn to biomass to help fight climate change, sustainable sourcing will be critical.

CLIMIT supported Projects

Consented yearProject nameProject ownerLink
2022Minox Compact CO2 Capture development projectMinox Technology AShttps://climit.no/prosjekt/dense-phase-co2-metering/
CO2 Capture Technology


1.2 CDR Technology

1.3 Membranes

1.4 Next generation Technologies

1.5 Solvents

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