08.10.2021

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Reuters: Made-from-CO2 concrete, lululemons and diamonds spark investor excitement

"What do diamonds, sunglasses, high-end lululemon sportswear and concrete have to do with climate change? They can all be made using carbon dioxide (CO2), locking up the planet warming gas. And tech startups behind these transformations are grabbing investor attention."

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08.10.2021

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Labiotech: Novo Nordisk Foundation Pumps €85M into Carbon Capture Research

"As pressure mounts to tackle climate change, the Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted €84.7M to the world’s first research institution dedicated to capturing carbon dioxide from the air and harnessing the gas as a raw material."

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04.10.2021

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Video: Highlights from Watershed’s Climate Week Forum

"Watershed hosted an event during Climate Week 2021 to go deep on how companies can take meaningful climate action. Here's a quick look at some of our favorite moments."

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04.10.2021

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Dunford, Eric; et al. (2021): Deploying Low Carbon Public Procurement to Accelerate Carbon Removal

Dunford, Eric; Niven, Robert; Neidl, Christopher (2021): Deploying Low Carbon Public Procurement to Accelerate Carbon Removal. In Front. Clim. 3. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.686787.

"Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) will be required to keep global temperature rise below 2°C based on IPCC models. Greater adoption of carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies will drive demand for CDR. Public procurement of low carbon materials is a powerful and under-utilized tool for accelerating the development and of CCUS through a targeted and well-regulated approach. The policy environment is nascent and presents significant barriers for scaling and guiding emerging technology solutions. The concrete sector has unique attributes that make it ideally suited for large-scale low-carbon public procurement strategies. This sector offers immediate opportunities to study the efficacy of a supportive policy and regulatory environment in driving the growth of CCUS solutions."

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27.09.2021

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Rosa, Lorenzo; et al. (2021): The Role Of Beccs To Deliver Negative CO2 Emissions In Europe

Rosa, Lorenzo; Sanchez, Daniel; Mazzotti, Marco (2021): The Role Of Beccs To Deliver Negative CO2 Emissions In Europe. In SINTEF Proceedings (7). Available online at https://sintef.brage.unit.no/sintef-xmlui/bitstream/handle/11250/2780214/THE%20ROLE%20OF%20BECCS%20TO%20DELIVER%20NEGATIVE%20CO2%20EMISSIONS%20IN%20EUROPE.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y.

"Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is a key climate mitigation technology, which involves the capture and permanent sequestration of biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2). To reach net-zero-CO2-emissions by 2050, it is forecasted that many million tons of CO2 will have to be sequestered through BECCS in Europe. There are different industrial processes that utilize biomass for bio-energy production, namely, pulp and paper mills, biogas facilities, incinerators, and biomass-fired power plants. Moreover, crop residues, organic food waste, and livestock manure could be utilized to transform biomass from a poor energy carrier to an efficient carbon drawdown carrier through BECCS. Here, we quantify the techno-environmental potential for biogenic carbon dioxide removal considering prospective BECCS opportunities that do not require purpose-grown bio-energy plantations. Combining process engineering with a bottom-up assessment, we find that there are 200 million tons CO2 yr-1 that could be deployed for biogenic carbon dioxide removal through BECCS in Europe."

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20.09.2021

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Akimoto, Keigo; et al. (2021): Climate change mitigation measures for global net-zero emissions and the roles of CO2 capture and utilization and direct air capture

Akimoto, Keigo; Sano, Fuminori; Oda, Junichiro; Kanaboshi, Haruo; Nakano, Yuko (2021): Climate change mitigation measures for global net-zero emissions and the roles of CO2 capture and utilization and direct air capture. In Energy and Climate Change, p. 100057. DOI: 10.1016/j.egycc.2021.100057.

"Many existing scenario studies show the need for large amounts of biomass energy with carbon dioxide capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve net-zero emissions, requiring high mitigation costs. This study provides comprehensive and cost-efficient technological portfolios for both energy supply and demand, and reveals the roles of carbon dioxide utilization (CCU) and direct air capture (DAC) for achieving global net-zero emissions by using a technology-rich global energy systems and climate change mitigation model which can assess them comprehensively, while considering several kinds of uncertainties. According to the analyses, DAC will be able to dramatically reduce emission reduction costs and alleviate dependence on BECCS. There are no feasible solutions for temperature increases below 1.5 °C in 2100 with 66% achievability under a temperature overshoot pathway unless DAC is used. Carbon free or nearly carbon free hydrogen plays important roles for net-zero emissions, and CCU helps increase the usability of hydrogen via synthetic fuels, and thus contributes to net-zero emissions. The relationships between DAC and CCU are very complex; the reductions in marginal abatement costs of carbon dioxide (CO2) due to DAC will reduce the roles of CCU around 2050 for many of the pathways to net-zero emissions. Meanwhile, for deeper reductions of CO2 emissions including net negative emissions in 2100, DAC will increase the roles of CCU by providing recovered CO2 from DAC, and also expand the opportunity for the use of recovered CO2 from fossil fuel combustion for synthetic fuels, because the related emissions are offset by larger negative emissions from the combination of DAC and CO2 storage (DACCS)."

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17.09.2021

# Calls & events

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Call for Submissions: Funding Opportunity (XPrice Carbon Removal)

Deadline: 1. December 2021

"XPRIZE Carbon Removal will challenge innovators to demonstrate the viability of durable, low-cost, scalable, and sustainable carbon removal solutions. Humanity needs a portfolio of solutions that can reach a combined installed capacity of 2.5 billion tonnes 1 (gigatonnes) of CO2 removal per year by 2030 in order to be on track to meet the IPCC goal of at least 10 gigatonnes per year by 2050 2 . The competition is designed to help put humanity on track to meet this goal."

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13.09.2021

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Podcast: CCS size and failure risk - Wang

"Nan Wang explains why bigger CCS projects are more likely to fail. 'What went wrong? Learning from three decades of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) pilot and demonstration projects'."

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10.09.2021

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Energy Voice: Aker Solutions, Siemens and Doosan Babcock join forces for UK CCUS work

"Aker Solutions, Siemens and Doosan Babcock have formed a consortium targeting work on carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects in the UK."

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08.09.2021

# Calls & events

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Call for Papers: Frontiers: Research Topic: Harmonizing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) guidelines

Deadline: 31. October 2021

"The Global CO2 Initiative convened a series of workshops and established the International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group in partnership with the following organizations. The group promotes research, development, and commercialization of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies requires assessing the environmental and economic opportunities and risks. Life cycle assessments and techno-economic assessments are means to quantify these opportunities and risks. For consistent conduct and transparent reporting, a common framework is needed. The mission of the International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group is to create this common framework. We are bringing together related efforts, analyze differences and seek to eliminate them where possible."

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