Carbon Dioxide Removal/Negative Emissions Technology Workshop

On February 8, 2017, the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment of American University’s School of International Service held a workshop on the potential role of carbon dioxide removal/negative emissions technologies in Berkeley, California. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at the University of California-Berkeley and Lightworks at Arizona State University.

Approximately 120 individuals attended the meeting, including members of the general public, as well as the governmental, non-governmental, and academic sectors.

The Power Point presentations for the workshop are included below. Should you have any additional questions about the event, please contact its convener, FCEA Co-Executive Director, Wil Burns.

Opening Plenary

Katharine Mach, Stanford University, Senior Research Scientist, Earth System Science Director, Stanford Environment Assessment Facility, Stanford University
The Exigencies Driving Negative Emissions” (download)

Session 1: Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)

Chair: Elizabeth Graffy, Professor of Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society & Co-Director, Energy Policy, Law and Governance, ASU-LightWorks, Arizona State University

  • Dan Sanchez, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University
    “Carbon-Negative Energy Systems” (download)
  • David M. Babson, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
    “Engineered Carbon Cycling: Leveraging Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy to Re-Imagine BECCS” (download)
  • Margaret S. Torn, Lead, Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Program Domain, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    “Ecological aspects of large-scale bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) (download)
  • Tim Searchinger, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute & Research Scholar and Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
    “BECCS Potential” (download)

Session 2: Other Large-Scale CDR/NETs Approaches

Chair: George Collins, Attorney and Co-Founder of the Climate Engineering Scenarios Working Group

  • Ellen Stechel, Deputy Director of the ASU-LightWorks® Initiative & Professor of Practice, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University
    “Restoring the Carbon Balance: Direct Air Capture and Storing CO2” (download)
  • Dan Whaley, CEO, Hypothesis
    “Ocean Iron Fertilization: Why?” (download)
  • Greg Rau, Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California-Santa Cruz
    “Enhanced Mineral Weathering as a NETs Strategy” (download)

Session 3: Agriculture/Forestry Approaches

Chair: Jane A. Flegal, Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California-Berkeley

  • Noah Deich, Executive Director, Center for Carbon Removal
    “Forests and opportunities for CO2 Capture and Storage” (download
  • Brian von Herzen, Executive Director, The Climate Foundation
    “Balancing Carbon by the Gigaton in Soils and Seas” (download

Closing Plenary

Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University, School of International Service
“The Paris Agreement and CDR/NETs Options” (download)

CDR agenda