BECCS: A Dangerous Distraction

A new and largely hypothetical technology called Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) has been getting a lot of attention in discussions on climate change.

While its proponents argue that BECCS is a necessary climate mitigation tool, in reality it is unlikely to work, and it also poses a major threat to human rights. BECCS is nothing more than a dangerous distraction at a moment when the world needs real climate action. Betting on BECCS sets up climate action to fail and violate the human rights of vulnerable communities globally.

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  • Date Published June 2019
  • Number of Pages 8
Burned – Deception, Deforestation and America’s Biodiesel Policy

A trip down a dusty dirt road in northern Argentina provides a picture of the reality of the modern biodiesel industry. On the left-hand side lies a pristine forest, teeming with wildlife: howler monkeys, tapirs, and jaguars. On the right, new soy fields are being carved into pristine forest. Burnt trees and the white ash they leave behind stretch for as far as the eye can see.

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  • Date Published January 9, 2018
  • Number of Pages 16
Equity and the Ambition Ratchet: Towards a Meaningful 2018 Facilitative Dialogue

ActionAid, along with over 100 allied civil society organizations, released this discussion paper at the 2017 UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. We use an analysis of what various countries’ “fair shares” of climate action are – highlighting the US, EU, China, and India – and draw two key conclusions for the world to have any hope of keeping global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius – the stated goal of the Paris Agreement.

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  • Date Published November 7, 2017
  • Number of Pages 8
Delivering Decentralized, Community-Controlled Renewable Energy Access

The world is in the grips of a climate crisis driven by greenhouse gas emissions, of which the largest single source is the energy sector. Any successful global effort to mitigate climate change will require a drastic reduction in energy sector emissions, which can be achieved by a shift to renewable energy sources and a reduction in energy consumption.

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  • Date Published September 22, 2016
  • Number of Pages 52