Multi-stage assessment of biobased negative emission technologies
Biogasanlagen auf grüner Wiese in Leipzig
Biogasanlagen auf grüner Wiese in Leipzig

What is the potential of biobased negative emission technologies, in short NETs? And what expectations are placed on them? The joint project BioNET analyses these questions and provides a knowledge base for the evaluation of biobased technologies.

Project managementProf.-Dr.-Ing. Daniela ThränHelmholtz-Zentrum Umweltforschung GmbH UFZ
Project duration1/1/2022 - 12/31/2024
Project partnerDr. Peter Elsasser, Universität Greifswald – Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Dr. John Couwenberg Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenProf. Christoph Müller, Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenDr. Nora Szarka, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut Bundesforschungsinstitut Dr. Nils Matzner, Technische Universität MünchenProf. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Hildebrandt, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz

Project goals

A key element of policy strategies to achieve the net zero target in 2050: Technologies and concepts to capture CO₂ using biomass. These bio-based negative emission technologies – in short NETs – can be embedded in agricultural and forestry value chains in a wide variety of ways. Due to the manifold risks in feasibility and market introduction, these concepts have not yet found a sufficiently clearly manageable application – also because a holistic evaluation taking into account local as well as regional conditions has been lacking so far.

The joint project BioNET aims to close this gap and establish an information platform for politics, agriculture, forestry and science with sound data on the potential of bio-based NETs. This should enable stakeholders to consider biobased negative emission technologies in their work and decisions, and serve as an orientation and decision-making aid for the possible use of NETs. The objectives of the BioNET project are:

  1. Provide a transparent and widely accessible database on bio-based NETs,
  2. new participatory approaches to investigate social and institutional feasibility, and
  3. Development and holistic assessment of national scenarios for bio-based NETs taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Stakeholder organisations in Germany are involved in all phases of the project. In the selected case study regions in the Rhine-Neckar region and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the BioNET project team is working closely with practice partners from agriculture and forestry as well as with local and regional politics. The aim is to achieve a common understanding of concepts and processes and to build trust in bio-based NETs. The project team also wants to identify and help overcome barriers such as concerns about economic losses.

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