09 November 2015
Brussels, Belgium

European Carbon-Negative Conference

The opportunities and challenges of, as well as reasoning for, combining sustainable bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS/Bio-CCS) to attain carbon negative emissions.



The European Carbon-Negative Conference is an international conference held in Brussels, focusing on what the IPCC has highlighted as a key technology in combating climate change, but which may not be getting the attention it deserves and needs: namely BECCS/Bio-CCS – the combination of sustainable biomass with carbon capture and storage to attain negative emissions.

This one-day event will highlight Bio-CCS technologies and build an inclusive network that can spread the message of the integral nature of Bio-CCS to solving the climate puzzle.

The European Carbon Negative Conference will therefore bring together researchers from the different technologies that comprise Bio-CCS, to share learning from ongoing initiatives across Europe and globally with policy makers, industry and civil society, to debate commercial, political and environmental barriers and opportunities.

Ecosystems Services and Management Program's Deputy Program Director, Florian Kraxner, has been invited to give a presentation on "From Classic BECCS to Modern Negative Emissions".

Background Information

Recent experience with EU bioenergy policy has led to perverse incentives and unsustainable practices. Meanwhile, CCS is caught between being perceived as a life line to fossil fuels while also being the only currently available option to enable the deep decarbonisation of industrial sectors such as steel and cement. 

But the numbers are clear: The latest IPCC report’s two degree scenario requires Bio-CCS. So how do we get past the pitfalls in order to deliver a fair, effective and sustainable climate solution?

The Bellona Foundation

The Bellona Foundation is an international environmental NGO headquartered in Oslo, Norway with offices in Brussels, New Orleans, Kiev, St. Petersburg and Murmansk. Bellona has been present in Brussels since 1994 and has worked on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe for over 20 years, through the BEST project. Bellona is now a recognised expert in the field among European decision-makers, Member States and European research and industry communities.

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Florian Kraxner

Research Group Leader

Agriculture Forestry and Ecosystem Services

T +43(0) 2236 807 233

Event Organizer

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313