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STUDY: Replacing animal products can free up land to tap vast energy and negative emission potentials

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A transition from consuming animal-source proteins to alternative (e.g., plant-source) proteins could help unlock sustainable biomass production for BECCS (BioEnergy with Carbon Capture and Storage). Animal-source foods use resources inefficiently because animals consume more food than they provide, and feeding the animals requires considerable land and water.

OSCAR RUEDA: To limit global warming at 1.5°C, climate mitigation pathways project the need to remove 100–1,000 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) has been the most prominent carbon removal method considered. However, massive BECCS deployment would likely require cropland expansion to produce the biomass feedstock needed. Such an expansion may worsen biodiversity due to the loss of natural land and food and water security due to competition for land and water resources.

A transition from consuming animal-source proteins to alternative (e.g., plant-source) proteins could help unlock sustainable biomass production for BECCS. Animal-source foods use resources inefficiently because animals consume more food than they provide, and feeding the animals requires considerable land and water. We show that a protein transition could free up extensive resources for BECCS to achieve substantial energy and carbon removal potentials…

Biomass production excludes agricultural expansion to protect biodiversity, ensures enough food supply globally to safeguard food security, and constrains irrigation to secure water for people and ecosystems. Negative emissions consider supply chain emissions and the forgone sequestration from natural revegetation. Results show that replacing 50% of animal products by 2050 could release enough land for BECCS to generate 26.4–39.5 EJelec/year, the scale of coal power today, while removing 5.9–9.3 GtCO2e/year from the atmosphere, almost what coal power emits today. SOURCE…

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