Drax Group CEO responds to the California Air Resources Board 2022 scoping plan

Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner in the control room at Drax Power Station

Drax Group CEO, Will Gardiner said:

“We fully support and commend the California Air Resources Board on the release of their 2022 scoping plan, which provides an ambitious and attainable pathway to carbon neutrality while creating new jobs and growing the economy. If approved, CARB’s plan is the roadmap companies like Drax need to make bold investments in cutting-edge technologies like bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) – the most scalable and affordable mechanical solution for carbon dioxide removal.

BECCS will remove CO2 from the atmosphere and also plays a critical role in preventing and reducing California wildfires through proactive, sustainable forest management. The modeling in CARB’s plan clearly shows there is no path to carbon neutrality without carbon dioxide removal, and our new build BECCS model alone would help the state achieve 30% of the 2030 target.

Additionally, biomass can provide the reliability and grid stability of 24/7 renewable energy that Californians require. As a leading climate science agency, CARB’s recognition of BECCS and biomass as an essential tool to achieve net zero is another important step for us to tackle big, emergency-level challenges like climate change. Our team looks forward to working closely with the governor and his administration as they build the policy frameworks needed to deliver CARB’s scoping plan.”

About CARB’s 2022 Climate Scoping Plan

The plan from the California Air Resources Board reflects Governor Gavin Newsom’s request for more aggressive measures to combat climate change and transition to clean energy. The update to the scoping plan is unprecedented in scale and scope, representing one of the most aggressive approaches to reach carbon neutrality.