22.08.2017

# New Publications

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Marcucci, Adriana; et al. (2017): The road to achieving the long-term Paris targets. Energy transition and the role of direct air capture

Marcucci, Adriana; Kypreos, Socrates; Panos, Evangelos (2017): The road to achieving the long-term Paris targets. Energy transition and the role of direct air capture. In Climatic Change 45 (Part A), p. 1047. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-2051-8

"n this paper, we quantify the energy transition and economic consequences of the long-term targets from the Paris agreement, with a particular focus on the targets of limiting global warming by the end of the century to 2 and 1.5 °C. The study assumes early actions and quantifies the market penetration of low carbon technologies, the emission pathways and the economic costs for an efficient reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions such that the temperature limit is not exceeded. We evaluate the potential role of direct air capture (DAC) and its impact on policy costs and energy consumption."

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19.08.2017

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Vox: It’s time to start talking about “negative” carbon dioxide emissions

"We have to bury gigatons of carbon to slow climate change. We’re not even close to ready."

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17.08.2017

# New Publications

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Peters, Glen P.; Geden, Oliver (2017): Catalysing a political shift from low to negative carbon

Peters, Glen P.; Geden, Oliver (2017): Catalysing a political shift from low to negative carbon. In Nature Climate change 4, p. 850. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3369.

"Policymakers are beginning to understand the scale of carbon dioxide removal that is required to keep global warming “well below 2 °C”. This understanding must now be translated into policies that give business the incentive to research, develop and deploy the required technologies."

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16.08.2017

# New Publications

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Mac Dowell, Niall; Fajardy, Mathilde (2017): Inefficient power generation as an optimal route to negative emissions via BECCS?

Mac Dowell, Niall; Fajardy, Mathilde (2017): Inefficient power generation as an optimal route to negative emissions via BECCS? In Environ. Res. Lett. 12 (4), p. 45004. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa67a5.

"We find that in all cases, a lower capital cost, lower efficiency BECCS plant is superior to a higher cost, higher efficiency facility from both environmental and economic perspectives. We show that it may be preferable to operate the BECCS facility in base-load fashion, constantly removing CO2 from the atmosphere and dispatching electricity on an as-needed basis. We show that the use of this 'spare capacity' to produce hydrogen for, e.g. injection to a natural gas system for the provision of low carbon heating can add to the overall environmental and economic benefit of such a system."

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16.08.2017

# Media

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Environmental Research Web: Bioenergy carbon capture and storage plants ‘should be inefficient’

"An inefficient system for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is always preferable from both an environmental and financial point of view, according to an analysis by researchers in the UK."

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16.08.2017

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Climate Home: Countries urged to start bargaining over negative emissions

"There is an emerging consensus CO2 needs to be sucked out of the air to meet climate goals, but no discussion of which countries are responsible for acting"

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04.08.2017

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FCEA Blog: Ensuring That We Hear the Voices of the Vulnerable: Toward a Human Rights-Based Approach to Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage

"Institutional governance mechanisms for climate engineering research and/or deployment should be structured to facilitate consideration of the potential impacts of BECCS on human rights."

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01.08.2017

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Farmers Journal: Climate change will change the way we use our land – Climate Council

"The State's climate change watchdog has urged the Government to boost research and plan for new ways of allocating land between food and energy production, and greenhouse gas removal from the air."

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31.07.2017

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Independent: Crystal invented that can turn thin air into fuel and fight global warming

"A “spongy” crystal that can turn thin air into fuel by extracting carbon dioxide has been developed by scientists. The researcher said the light-activated material was a “critical step” towards making a high-value fuel while at the same time reducing the amount of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. It works by turning carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, which can be turned into a useful source of energy."

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23.07.2017

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FCEA Blog: Carbon geoengineers: the debt collectors of the future

"Indeed, a recent report showed how none of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the true cost of natural capital. Granted, there has been some progress in the global decarbonization effort, but to date this has occurred on the fringes and in the absence of any enforceable targets to limit the total amount of atmospheric CO2."

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