Python Plugin: Best ways to process drawable bytes into PNG?

In my Gimp 2.99 plugin, I have the bytes of a layer that I obtained from a Gegl.Buffer like this:

    width: int = drawable_in.get_width()
    height: int = drawable_in.get_height()
    buffer: Gegl.Buffer = drawable_in.get_buffer()
    rect: Gegl.Rectangle = Gegl.Rectangle.new(0, 0, width, height)
    Gegl.init(None)  # As Seen from https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gimp/-/issues/8689
    # see https://developer.gimp.org/api/gegl/method.Buffer.get.html
    src_pixels: bytes = buffer.get(rect,  # GeglRectangle rect
                                   1.0,  # double scale
                                   None,  # Babl format
                                   Gegl.AbyssPolicy.CLAMP  # GeglAbyssPolicy repeat_mode
                                   )

I want to process src_pixels into a PNG array of bytes. Ideally, I would like to do this all in memory, without saving to a file, then reading the file back in, because I would like to avoid platform issues and the IO performance bottleneck. But I understand that might be the only practical way.
Regardless, I would appreciate some advice and perhaps a code snippet, on how to proceed. The online docs for GEGL are hard to understand, and the very few examples I’ve found for python seem largely inapplicable.
Thanks!