July 2020

20.07.2020

# Media

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ESA: ESA approves Norwegian Full-Scale Carbon Capture and Storage: up to €2.1bn in aid to meet climate goals

"The CCS Full-Scale project is a central part of Norway’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European goal of climate-neutrality by 2050. It is the largest single state aid award ever approved by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA)."

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20.07.2020

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EDF Press Release: House Appropriations Moves Much Needed Support for Clean Energy Industry

"Key provisions in the FY2021 Energy/Water Appropriations bill include [...] $1.25 billion to build demonstrations in negative emissions technologies and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies and improve infrastructure at national laboratories."

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20.07.2020

# Projects

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Project: Patch

"Patch integrates with businesses, calculates their emissions, and seamlessly offsets their environmental footprint by purchasing verified carbon offsets or negative emissions."

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20.07.2020

# Political Papers

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Unnervik, David; et al. (2020): Why planting trees won’t be enough to tackle climate change

Unnervik, David; Herbreteau, Benjamin; Tétreault, Nicolas (2020): Why planting trees won’t be enough to tackle climate change. White Paper Sofies. Geneva.

"[T]his article aims at quantifying common carbon off-setting measures in order to provide a more critical understanding of the actual performance of these strategies."

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20.07.2020

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Project: VIOLET

"VIOLET will be the world’s first open-source direct air carbon capture (DACC) machine completely produced by an online community. It captures CO2 when the surrounding air is dry, and releases it when wet."

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20.07.2020

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Project: Carbix

"We transform atmospheric CO  into carbonates, a raw material to build industrial products."

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20.07.2020

# New Publications

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Haque, Fatima; et al. (2020): Optimizing Inorganic Carbon Sequestration and Crop Yield With Wollastonite Soil Amendment in a Microplot Study

Haque, Fatima; Santos, Rafael M.; Chiang, Yi Wai (2020): Optimizing Inorganic Carbon Sequestration and Crop Yield With Wollastonite Soil Amendment in a Microplot Study. In Front. Plant Sci. 11. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.01012.

"This study focuses on sequestering CO2 in the agricultural soils as inorganic carbon, which can be accomplished by adding alkaline-earth silicates. Wollastonite is used in this study as a soil amendment, to sequester CO2 via the geochemical route of mineral carbonation."

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20.07.2020

# New Publications

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Sagues, W.J.; et al. (2020): Prospects for bioenergy with carbon capture & storage (BECCS) in the United States pulp and paper industry

Sagues, W. J.; Jameel, H.; Sanchez, D. L.; Park, S. (2020): Prospects for bioenergy with carbon capture & storage (BECCS) in the United States pulp and paper industry. In Energy & Environmental Science. DOI: 10.1039/D0EE01107J.

"Here, we analyze the technical and economic potential of integrating carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) technologies at pulp and paper mills in the US through top-down, industry-wide screening and bottom-up, chemical process modeling techniques."

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20.07.2020

# Political Papers

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Zero Emisssions Platform (2020): Europe needs a definition of Carbon Dioxide Removal

Zero Emisssions Platform (2020): Europe needs a definition of Carbon Dioxide Removal. Brussels.

"This report provides clear and concise definitions of commonly used terms around Carbon Dioxide Removal, to give an overview of existing technologies and their potential for emissions reduction, to identify some examples of European industrial plants that could go carbon negative and to advocate for European CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, a real enabler for large-scale carbon dioxide removals."

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20.07.2020

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IEAGHG Technical Report (2020): Value of Emerging and Enabling Technologies in Reducing Costs, Risks & Timescales for CCS

IEAGHG Technical Report (2020): Value of Emerging and Enabling Technologies in Reducing Costs, Risks & Timescales for CCS.

"This study was a horizon scanning exercise that aimed to understand the relevance of digital and enabling technologies for CCS and assess what benefits these technologies could offer to the large-scale deployment of CCS. Current R&D into the reduction of costs, risks, timescales and challenges in CCS primarily focusses on conventional improvement methods; emerging and enabling technologies have the potential to offer more opportunities for cost and risk reduction."

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