Carbon Removal Webinar Series

Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)/Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) approaches constitute existing and proposed technologies that would pull carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, for long-term storage or beneficial use.  In the wake of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, in which most of the integrated assessment models that hold temperatures to below 2C contemplate large-scale use of such technologies, and the Paris Agreement’s call for balancing emissions and sinks, these technologies are increasingly part of the climate response conversation.

We know that no single or group of proposed CDR technologies can act as a panacea or “solve” climate change.  At the same time, we also now know that preventing dangerous climate change impacts may require some form of carbon removal to supplement traditional mitigation actions.  However, the terrain of this emerging field is fraught with uncertainties in terms of the ultimate potential in terms of carbon removal, as well as the potential risks associated with large-scale deployment of many of these approaches.

We need to know more to set the assessment agenda.

The Assessing CDR/NETs webinar series will bring together experts to examine particular CDR/NETs technologies. FCEA staff and guest speakers will explain and contextualize what we know about CDR/NETS options, as well as the research necessary to thoroughly assess the technical, legal, and social considerations of CDR technologies as a potential element of a climate response portfolio.  


What We Know and Don’t Know About Negative Emissions

June 26, 2018, 1-2PM Eastern Time

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In the second installment of our “Assessing Carbon Removal” webinar series, we will speak with three authors of a recently published systematic review of the carbon removal/negative emissions technologies research field. The study reviewed more than 6,000 documents on seven groups of technologies: bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), afforestation and reforestation, direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS), enhanced weathering, ocean fertilization, biochar, and carbon sequestration in soil. The authors argue that the carbon removal research field does not match the urgency of the large-scale deployment it proposes and call on researchers to expand their studies on pathways to deployment beyond the research and development stages.

The authors will discuss their findings about the state of the research field, propose areas for further research, and answer audience questions.

  • Dr. Jan Minx, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and University of Leeds
  • Dr. Sabine Fuss, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
  • Dr. Gregory Nemet, University of Wisconsin at Madison


First Webinar: Assessing Carbon Dioxide Removal

  • Janos Pasztor, Carnegie Council Geoengineering Governance Initiative
  • Dr. Katharine Mach, Stanford University
  • Dr. Wil Burns, FCEA Co-Executive Director
  • Dr. Simon Nicholson, FCEA Co-Executive Director

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