25.10.2021

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Video: Recording: Carbon Removal and Environmental Justice: An Equitable Path to Net-negative (Carbon 180)

"Climate change is here, affecting the lives of communities across the globe. We’ve already reached an untenable degree of warming, and cutting emissions alone won’t reduce the impacts of CO2 already trapped in the atmosphere. “Carbon removal” encompasses a variety of emerging methods to clean up those legacy emissions. The question facing the climate community today is how. This discussion takes a hard look at how to deploy carbon removal, from healthy soil practices to direct air capture, that centers the needs of communities, prioritizing engagement, safety, equity, and justice. Without just policy and broader community involvement, many carbon removal projects won’t get off the ground, slowing the clean-up of legacy emissions."

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20.10.2021

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New Civil Engineer: Aecom to lead first phase of Humber Zero carbon capture project

"Aecom has been drafted in to lead the development of consents and permits in the first phase of the ambitious Humber Zero carbon capture project.The Humber Region is the UK’s largest industrial cluster by CO2 emissions, generating 12.4MT annually. The Humber Zero project aims to remove 8MT a year by 2030."

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20.10.2021

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Sky News: The UK's quest for net zero: Can carbon capture finally fulfil its promise?

"Carbon capture storage offers a vital tool in the the road to net zero but current efforts are dwarfed by the size of the challenge and the UK is littered with pilot projects that fell by the wayside. Can the technology finally fulfill its promise?"

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20.10.2021

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golem.de: climate scientist: why net zero might prove a dangerous trap (German)

German article about climate scientists arguing that net zero technologies might lead to climate inaction. 

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20.10.2021

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The Guardian: Drax dropped from index of green energy firms amid biomass doubts

"Drax has been booted from an investment index of clean energy companies as doubts over the sustainability of its wood-burning power plant begin to mount within the financial sector. "

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18.10.2021

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The Guardian: Can Australia’s path to net-zero really be fuelled by carbon capture and LNG?

"More millions for carbon capture, more new coalmines and rising gas consumption for bigger LNG exports are incompatible with Morrison’s claimed net zero urgency."

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18.10.2021

# New Publications

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Mohan, Aniruddh; et al. (2021): UNFCCC must confront the political economy of net-negative emissions

Mohan, Aniruddh; Geden, Oliver; Fridahl, Mathias; Buck, Holly Jean; Peters, Glen P. (2021): UNFCCC must confront the political economy of net-negative emissions. In One Earth. DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.10.001.

"Recent demands by developing countries, like India, that developed countries need to reach net-negative emissions, must be negotiated seriously under the UNFCCC. Failure to acknowledge that limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5°C leaves very little carbon budget for equitable redistribution risks further ambiguity on how to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals."

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18.10.2021

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Talei, Saeed; Soleimani, Zahra (2021): Comparative Analysis of Three Different Negative Emission Technologies, BECCS, Absorption and Adsorption of Atmospheric CO 2

Talei, Saeed; Soleimani, Zahra (2021): Comparative Analysis of Three Different Negative Emission Technologies, BECCS, Absorption and Adsorption of Atmospheric CO 2. In Civil and Environmental Engineering Reports 31 (3), pp. 99–117. DOI: 10.2478/ceer-2021-0036.

"Negative Emission Technologies (NETs) are generally considered as vital methods for achieving climate goals. To limit the rise in the global average temperature below 2 °C, a large number of countries that participated in the Paris agreement was virtually unanimous about the effective collaboration among members for the reduction of CO2 emissions throughout this century. NETs on the ground that can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide an active option to achieve this goal. In this contribution, we compare limiting factors, cost, and capacity of three different NETs, including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), absorption and adsorption. Although there are several advantages for capturing CO2, still some constraints regarding the high operational cost of NETs and industrial condition of these technologies as a method of climate change mitigation is not clear. Thereby no single process can be considered as a comprehensive solution. Indeed, any developed technologies, in turn, have a contribution to the reduction of CO2 concentration. Extensive research needs to be done to assess and decrease NETs costs and limitations."

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18.10.2021

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Wei, Yi-Ming; et al. (2021): Pathway comparison of limiting global warming to 2°C

Wei, Yi-Ming; Liu, Li-Jing; Liang, Qiao-Mei; Yu, Bi-Ying; Liu, Lan-Cui; Yao, Yun-Fei et al. (2021): Pathway comparison of limiting global warming to 2°C. In Energy and Climate Change, p. 100063. DOI: 10.1016/j.egycc.2021.100063.

"The Paris Agreement has set a goal to limit the global average temperature rise to within 2°C from the pre-industrial level. This study aims to explore the possible pathways to achieve this challenging goal by using the Global Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis module (GEEPA) of the China's Climate Change Integrated Assessment Model (C3IAM). Results show that a target temperature of 2°C dramatically reduces global CO2 emissions in the future. Under model parameters, by the end of this century, total global CO2 emissions will fall below 5 Gt, and cumulated CO2 emissions will be reduced to less than 1000 Gt. The key to meeting the 2°C target lies in the low-carbon transformation of energy and electricity systems. Implementation of climate policies and technical measures will progressively reduce conventional fossil energy consumption and replace it with low-carbon energy solutions. The electricity structure will gradually shift from dominance by conventional fossil energy to low-carbon energy, and even to zero-carbon electricity generation. We found that emission reduction pathways that include large amounts of fossil fuel power generation with CCS relying on subsidies may create higher GDP loss, but also that later penetration of negative emission technology can increase the carbon emission budget in the early stage."

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11.10.2021

# Political Papers

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Luderer, Gunnar; et al. (2021): Ariadne Report: Germany on its way to net zero 2045 (German)

Luderer, Gunnar; Kost, Christoph; Sörgel, Doninika (Eds.) (2021): Ariadne Report: Deutschland auf dem Weg zur Klimaneutralität 2045. Szenarien und Pfade im Modellvergleich. Kopernikus-Projekt Ariadne. Potsdam. Available online at https://ariadneprojekt.de/publikation/deutschland-auf-dem-weg-zur-klimaneutralitat-2045-szenarienreport/.

German report on possible pathways to net zero in Germany. 

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