03.08.2020

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Newsletter of Week 32 of 2020

The newsletter of calendar week 32 of 2020 is now available here.


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03.08.2020

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IPCC: Energy is at the heart of the solution to the climate challenge

 

"Our climate challenge is a shared global challenge – and it is largely an energy challenge. Energy accounts for over two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. This means energy must be at the heart of any solution."

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03.08.2020

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Government Executive: Bipartisan Bill Would Establish Multi-Agency Effort for Carbon Removal

"A committee would develop a strategic plan for research and development on carbon dioxide removal in the air, lands and oceans."

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03.08.2020

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Climate & Capital Media: This tech nonprofit is moving carbon capture from sci-fi to reality

"Despite a multi-billion dollar market, carbon removal technology is still fringe. Carbon180 is out to make them mainstream."

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03.08.2020

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Levin, K.; et al. (2020): Designing and Communicating Net-Zero Targets

Levin, K., D. Rich, K. Ross, T. Fransen, and C. Elliott (2020): Designing and Communicating Net-Zero Targets. Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available online at www.wri.org/design-net-zero.

"This paper aims to support countries in designing and communicating their net-zero targets to ensure they fully contribute to the achievement of the Paris Agreement’s goals."

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03.08.2020

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Cao, Zhi; et al. (2020): The sponge effect and carbon emission mitigation potentials of the global cement cycle

Cao, Zhi; Myers, Rupert J.; Lupton, Richard C.; Duan, Huabo; Sacchi, Romain; Zhou, Nan et al. (2020): The sponge effect and carbon emission mitigation potentials of the global cement cycle. In nature communications 11 (1), p. 3777. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17583-w.

"Cement plays a dual role in the global carbon cycle like a sponge: its massive production contributes significantly to present-day global anthropogenic CO2 emissions, yet its hydrated products gradually reabsorb substantial amounts of atmospheric CO2 (carbonation) in the future. The role of this sponge effect along the cement cycle (including production, use, and demolition) in carbon emissions mitigation, however, remains hitherto unexplored. Here, we quantify the effects of demand- and supply-side mitigation measures considering this material-energy-emissions-uptake nexus, finding that climate goals would be imperiled if the growth of cement stocks continues."

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03.08.2020

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Job: Postdoctoral research position in enhanced rock weathering and CO2 mineralization (Trent University)

Deadline: 28. August 2020

"Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Trent University to carry out research on enhanced rock weathering (ERW) and CO2 mineralization for carbon dioxide removal. The successful applicant will conduct laboratory experiments to study mineral-water-gas interactions and/or microbially mediated processes as it relates to accelerating ERW and CO2 mineralization using mine wastes."

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03.08.2020

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Accountancy Daily: Consultation on possible new carbon emissions tax

"The government is consulting on the operation of the new carbon emissions tax that could be introduced after the end of the Brexit transition period, in the event no linked UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS) is agreed with the EU."

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03.08.2020

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BCG: We Need True Net Zero, and It Needs Early Adopters

"Our odds of avoiding checkmate improve significantly if we keep cumulative carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under 350 gigatons between now and 2050. The problem is that if nothing changes, we will already deplete this CO2 “budget”—based on the Paris Agreement—by 2030."

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03.08.2020

# Calls & events

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Call for Comments: Carbon Emissions Tax

Deadline: 29. September 2020

"We welcome comments on our questions about how, if introduced, the Carbon Emissions Tax would operate and on proposals for development of the tax."

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