23.07.2020

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FlightGlobal: UK government consults on post-Brexit ETS replacement

"Aviation emissions could be included in a new carbon tax under consideration by the UK government to replace the EU Emissions Trading System, which the country is set to leave when its Brexit transition period ends on 31 December."

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10.07.2020

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CarbonBrief: Guest post: How public attitudes towards ‘CO2 removal’ differ in the UK and US

"With global greenhouse gas emissions still increasing – and Covid-19 lockdown restrictions merely causing a short-term dip – the challenge of holding global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is looking ever more formidable."

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09.07.2020

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The Guardian: UK's net zero pledge: what has been achieved one year on?

"As the first anniversary looms this Saturday of the signing of the net-zero pledge into law, there has been little concrete action, and no clear roadmap on how to meet the goal."

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09.07.2020

# New Publications

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Cox, Emily; et al. (2020): Public perceptions of carbon dioxide removal in the United States and the United Kingdom

Cox, Emily; Spence, Elspeth; Pidgeon, Nick (2020): Public perceptions of carbon dioxide removal in the United States and the United Kingdom. In Nat. Clim. Chang. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-0823-z.

"Here we report a mixed-methods study on public perceptions of CDR in the United States and the United Kingdom, focusing on bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, direct air capture and terrestrial enhanced rock weathering."

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01.07.2020

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Government of the UK: Press Release: PM: A New Deal for Britain

"Innovation:

  • Up to £100m of new funding for research and develop a brand new clean technology, Direct Air Capture (DAC), which captures CO2 emissions directly from the air around us. If successful, DAC technology could be deployed across the country to remove carbon from the air, helping sectors where it’s tough to decarbonise such as aviation.
  • To help bring forward this technology, the government is exploring options around carbon pricing and incentives, where the government may pay a price per tonne of CO2 captured."

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01.06.2020

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The Conversation: Can UK fossil fuel companies now be held accountable for contributing to climate change overseas?

"A ruling by the UK Supreme Court could have huge implications for British companies accused of environmental damage overseas. The April 2019 decision, in a case brought by a group of Zambian farmers against a London-based mining firm, establishes that UK parent companies can be held liable under UK law for the actions of their foreign subsidiaries."

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10.04.2020

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Drax: The UK needs BECCS to reach net zero – here’s why

"Why experts think bioenergy with carbon capture and storage will be an essential part of the energy system"

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10.04.2020

# Political Papers

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Natural Capital Committee. 2020: “Advice on Using Nature Based Interventions to Reach Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050.”

Natural Capital Committee. 2020: “Advice on Using Nature Based Interventions to Reach Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050.” London, April 2020. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-natural-capital-approach-to-attaining-net-zero-nature-based-interventions.

"This paper sets out the NCC’s advice to government on taking a natural capital approach to attaining net zero. Nature based interventions for attaining the government’s net zero target should be viewed in the broader context of the 25 YEP goals. This should be delivered through a joined-up government response to climate change."

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19.03.2020

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BBC: Climate change: UK 'can't go climate neutral before 2050'

"They say the government urgently needs to invest in three key technologies: carbon capture and storage with bioenergy crops; hydrogen for a wide variety of uses; and advanced nuclear power."

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16.03.2020

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Bdaily News: Environmental groups respond to carbon capture funding pledge in UK Budget

"In his first UK Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the country will invest £800m in a carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure fund to establish CCS clusters in two sites by 2030."

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