03.08.2020

# Political Papers

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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

# New Publications

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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

# Media

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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

# Media

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Financial Times: Carbon credit markets still have a way to go

"The world’s emissions trading systems are maturing, but still patchy in their coverage."

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03.08.2020

# Media

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Splash: Maersk Drilling invests in new Carbon-Negative Energy

"Maersk Drilling is investing $1m in a California biomass company to help offset its emissions. Maersk Drilling has tied up with Clean Energy Systems to help develop a new technology called Carbon-Negative Energy. The concept builds on technology originally developed for the aerospace industry, which is now being deployed in a process that is expected to result in net-negative carbon emissions."

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29.07.2020

# Media

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Financial Times: Business turns to nature to fight climate change

"A rush by big emitters of greenhouse gases to plant trees can only be part of the battle against global warming."

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29.07.2020

# Media

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S&P Global: NET ZERO: Utilities accelerate net-zero targets as cracks appear in gas' role as bridge fuel

"Some signs that the narrative is shifting include a recently canceled major gas pipeline project and a raft of utilities setting net-zero emissions targets amid changing customer preferences, new state mandates, and investor concerns that the recent glut of gas generation and pipeline investments could result in stranded assets."

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29.07.2020

# Media

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Fast Company: All Apple products will be carbon neutral by 2030

"The company is ramping up efforts to reduce emissions through its supply chain and pushing to have more of its products recycled."

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27.07.2020

# Projects

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Project: NEGEM - Quantifying and Deploying Responsible Negative Emissions

"A team of scientists together with climate and policy experts from leading international organizations in 11 countries*, grouped under the new Horizon 2020 project NEGEM, will quantify and assess the feasibility and the realistic potential of carbon dioxide removal, as a supplementary strategy to emission mitigation."

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23.07.2020

# Media

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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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