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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06.09.2021

# New Publications

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Rodrigues, Renato; et al. (2021): Narrative-driven alternative roads to achieve mid-century CO2 net neutrality in Europe

Rodrigues, Renato; Pietzcker, Robert; Fragkos, Panagiotis; Price, James; McDowall, Will; Siskos, Pelopidas et al. (2021): Narrative-driven alternative roads to achieve mid-century CO2 net neutrality in Europe. In Energy, p. 121908. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2021.121908.

"The tightened climate mitigation targets of the EU green deal raise an important question: Which strategy should be used to achieve carbon emissions net neutrality? This study explores stakeholder-designed narratives of the future energy system development within the deep decarbonization context. European carbon net-neutrality goals are put under test in a model comparison exercise using state of the art Energy-Environment-Economy (E3) models: ETM-UCL, PRIMES and REMIND."

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03.09.2021

# Media

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The Atlantic: How the U.S. Could Slash Climate Pollution by 2030

"Democrats will soon reveal how the Biden administration’s plans could cut U.S. climate pollution in half this decade. Is that goal even possible?"

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03.09.2021

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MIT Technology Review: Why capturing carbon is an essential part of Biden’s climate plans

"In a Q&A, the new chief of staff at the Office of Fossil Energy explains why trapping and storing CO2 'is really the only option' for major parts of the economy."

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03.09.2021

# New Publications

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Zolfaghari, Zahra; et al. (2021): Direct air capture from demonstration to commercialization stage: A bibliometric analysis

Zolfaghari, Zahra; Aslani, Alireza; Moshari, Amirhosein; Malekli, Mohammadreza (2021): Direct air capture from demonstration to commercialization stage: A bibliometric analysis. In Int J Energy Res 7 (10), p. 291. DOI: 10.1002/er.7203.

"Among different carbon capturing technologies, direct air capture (DAC) reduces CO2 emissions from air. While the technology readiness level (TRL) of DAC is in the demonstration stage, identifying the commercialization research gaps and possible opportunities can help with diffusion and adoption of the technology. This research uses a knowledge discovery in research databases, based on bibliometric analysis and data mining, to understand DAC research and development's current status and future. Then, we identify the critical areas of the research gap for commercialization."

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30.08.2021

# Media

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CNBC: Climate experts are worried about the toughest carbon emissions for companies to capture

"Scope 3 carbon emissions, or those not part of operations or under direct control, represent the majority of the carbon footprint for most companies, in some cases as high as 85% to 95%. As companies lay out ambitious carbon reduction targets and net-zero pledges for the decades ahead, slow progress on tracking Scope 3 emissions has climate experts worried."

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30.08.2021

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GreenBiz: U.S. infrastructure bill lays foundation for carbon management economy

"It’s not the law of the land yet, but one of the most potentially impactful aspects of the bipartisan infrastructure bill for climate techies is the groundwork it lays for new economic opportunities based on capturing and sequestering carbon emissions. The support for the so-called carbon management economy takes many shapes within the bill, and is largely based on the SCALE Act reintroduced earlier this year by senators on both sides of the aisle. (SCALE stands for Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions)."

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30.08.2021

# Political Papers

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Allan, J.; et al. (2020): A net-zero emissions economic recovery from COVID-19. COP26 Universities Network Briefing

Allan, J.; Donovan, C.; Ekins, P.; Gambhir, A.; Hepburn, C.; Reay, D. et al. (2020): A net-zero emissions economic recovery from COVID-19. COP26 Universities Network Briefing. COP26. UK. Available online at https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_758105_smxx.pdf.

"Key messages:

  • Economic growth will be a high priority for all countries in the months and years following COVID-19. The transition to net-zero emissions can significantly contribute to the recovery.
  • Lessons can be learnt from the recovery packages introduced following the 2008 financial crisis, but the COVID-19 crisis is structurally different on the demand and supply side.
  • In the lead up to COP26, the UK could provide guidance and methodologies to evaluate proposed recovery packages for consistency with the Paris Agreement and net-zero emissions.
  • The UK could lead by example with a recovery package including components on net-zero buildings, energy storage, clean industry, transport and greenhouse gas removal.
  • Institutionally, this could be supported by establishing a ministerial Climate Change Emergency Committee along with a Net Zero Delivery Body to implement a coherent response.
  • Financially, a new National Investment Bank and focus on green financial instruments could enable the process.
  • Building on these domestic efforts, as COP26 President, the UK could coordinate a global response through a new flexible intergovernmental Sustainable Recovery Alliance."

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30.08.2021

# Political Papers

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Petersen, K.; et al.(2021): Destination net zero: setting and delivering ambitious, credible targets. COP26 Universities Network Briefing

Petersen, K.; Allen, M.; Hilson, C.; Jones, C.; Reay, D.; Smith, S. M. (2021): Destination net zero: setting and delivering ambitious, credible targets. COP26 Universities Network Briefing. COP26. UK. Available online at https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_781321_smxx.pdf.

"Net zero emissions targets have gained traction in the global effort to halt climate change1 . In 2019, the UK became the first of the G7 nations to make a legally binding commitment to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Of the G20, China has recently committed to carbon neutrality by 2060, while South Korea and Japan have committed to net zero emissions by 2050. At least 53% of gross domestic product (GDP) is now produced in countries, regions or cities where net zero emissions targets have either been agreed or are being proposed2 . Setting strong, ambitious targets for achieving net zero emissions enables governments at national, regional and city level to clearly align with the Paris Agreement. They provide a clear deadline for creating a zero-carbon economy, giving certainty and clarity for planners, industry, investors and consumers. Similarly, businesses and other organisations benefit from setting their own net zero targets by providing accountability to their stakeholders that they are changing their operations at the scale and pace needed for alignment with the Paris Agreement."

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29.07.2021

# Media

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CNBC: SUSTAINABLE FUTURE IIF sees huge potential for voluntary carbon credits, predicts $100 billion a year market by 2050

"It comes at a time when policymakers and business leaders are under intensifying pressure to deliver on promises made as part of the landmark Paris Agreement ahead of this year’s COP26, due to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in early November."

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