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

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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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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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07.06.2017

# Political Papers

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International Energy Agency (2017): Energy Technology Perspectives 2017

International Energy Agency (2017): Energy Technology Perspectives 2017. Paris.

"Negative emissions, notably in power generation and fuel transformation, become critical as low-carbon ambitions rise."

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07.06.2017

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Carbon Brief: IEA: World can reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2060 to meet Paris climate goals

"Global emissions can be pushed down to “net zero” by 2060 to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, says the International Energy Agency (IEA)."

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19.05.2017

# New Publications

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Boysen, Lena R.; et al. (2017): The limits to global-warming mitigation by terrestrial carbon removal

Boysen, Lena R.; Lucht, Wolfgang; Gerten, Dieter; Heck, Vera; Lenton, Timothy M.; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim (2017): The limits to global-warming mitigation by terrestrial carbon removal. In: Earth's Future 4, S. 514. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000469 

"Massive near-term greenhouse gas emissions reduction is a precondition for staying “well below 2°C” global warming as envisaged by the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, extensive terrestrial carbon dioxide removal (tCDR) through managed biomass growth and subsequent carbon capture and storage is required to avoid temperature “overshoot” in most pertinent scenarios."

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04.05.2017

# New Publications

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Solano Rodriguez, Baltazar; et al. (2016): Decarbonizing the EU energy system by 2050. An important role for BECCS

Solano Rodriguez, Baltazar; Drummond, Paul; Ekins, Paul (2016): Decarbonizing the EU energy system by 2050. An important role for BECCS. In Climate Policy 17 (sup1), S93-S110. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2016.1242058.

"This article examines the implications for the EU’s energy system if an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions is to be achieved by 2050 against 1990 levels, using the European TIMES Model (ETM-UCL) to project a least-cost pathway that meets this CO2 constraint (‘Policy Success’), along with milestone targets for 2020. A Reference scenario (no CO2 constraints post-2020) was analysed to allow for comparison."

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