04.10.2021

# New Publications

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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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29.09.2021

# New Publications

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Tamme, Eve; Beck, Larissa Lee (2021): European Carbon Dioxide Removal Policy: Current Status and Future Opportunities

Tamme, Eve; Beck, Larissa Lee (2021): European Carbon Dioxide Removal Policy: Current Status and Future Opportunities. In Front. Clim. 3, p. 2. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.682882.

"Over the past two years, the European Union, Norway, Iceland, and the UK have increased climate ambition and aggressively pushed forward an agenda to pursue climate neutrality or net-zero emissions by mid-century. This increased ambition, partly the result of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's landmark findings on limiting global warming to 1.5°C, has also led to a renewed approach to and revitalized debate about the role of carbon capture and storage and carbon dioxide removal. With increasing climate ambition, including a mid-century climate neutrality goal for the whole European Union, the potential role of technological carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is emerging as one of the critical points of debate among NGOs, policymakers, and the private sector. Policymakers are starting to discuss how to incentivize a CDR scale-up. What encompasses the current debate, and how does it relate to CDR technologies' expected role in reaching climate neutrality? This perspective will highlight that policy must fill two gaps: the accounting and the commercialization gap for the near-term development of a comprehensive CDR policy framework. It will shine a light on the current status of negative emission technologies and the role of carbon capture and storage in delivering negative emissions in Europe's decarbonized future. It will also analyze the role of carbon markets, including voluntary markets, as potential incentives while exploring policy pathways for a near-term scale-up."

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28.09.2021

# New Publications

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Vella, Karen; et al. (2021): Challenges and opportunities for assisted regional ecosystem adaptation: International experience and implications for adaptation research

Vella, Karen; Baresi, Umberto; Lockie, Stewart; Taylor, Bruce (2021): Challenges and opportunities for assisted regional ecosystem adaptation: International experience and implications for adaptation research. In PloS one 16 (9), e0257868. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257868.

"Maintaining the functional integrity of ecosystems as climate pressures exceed natural rates of adaptation requires new knowledge and new approaches to governance and management. However, research into management interventions to assist regional ecosystem adaptation has generated both scientific and ethical debate. This paper reviews experience to date in order to identify the challenges and opportunities for assisted regional ecosystem adaptation and reflect on the implications for ongoing adaptation research. The review was informed by a database and structured analysis of some 450 reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts and books on participation theory and experience with novel technology development and assisted ecosystem adaptation. We identified five classes of challenges to adaptation research: 1) scientific conflicts and debates over the “facts”, 2) social challenges, 3) governance challenges, 4) epistemic challenges, and 5) ontological conflicts. We argue that engagement strategies linked to the multiple objectives of adaptation research provide opportunities for ecosystem adaptation."

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27.09.2021

# Media

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The Daily Star: We need to talk about geoengineering

"There is ultimately no way to stabilise the climate without addressing the fact that humans are emitting far too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, year after year. But cutting emissions is not the only response to the climate crisis, nor was it the one that scientists proposed over half a century ago in the first-ever government report on climate change."

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27.09.2021

# Media

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Taz.de: party programs for the climate. 1,5 degrees? No plan! (German)

German article on party programs for tackling climate change.

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27.09.2021

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Handelsblatt: The Green Deal does not mean replacing petrol by hydrogen (German)

German article on a green policy, including Solar Geoengineering.

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27.09.2021

# Media

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The Scotsman: Climate change: Hydrogen and carbon-capture can play a key part in Scotland's transition to a green economy– Paul McLennan MSP

"The Scottish Cluster Campaign brings together key stakeholders from across the Scottish economy to create a pathway towards decarbonisation of Scottish and UK industry."

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27.09.2021

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Scientific American: Infrastructure Bill Could Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly a Gigaton

"The reconciliation bill working its way through Congress could cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a gigaton by 2030, according to a new report.The analysis, released today by the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm, offers a first look at how the sprawling suite of climate policies Democrats are considering as part of their $3.5 trillion package could overhaul energy and contribute to President Biden’s Paris Agreement emissions-cutting pledge."

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27.09.2021

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Podcast: Climate 201: Negative Emissions III: Technological Promises, or Prevarications

"In this episode, we discuss whether the promises that some new technology - like negative emissions - will come along and "solve climate change" for us are genuine, or if they have instead shaped climate policy into prevarication and procrastination."

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27.09.2021

# Political Papers

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UNEP (2021): The Net in Net Zero: The role of negative emissions in achieving climate alignment for asset owners

UNEP (2021): The Net in Net Zero: The role of negative emissions in achieving climate alignment for asset owners. Available online at https://www.unepfi.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/AOA_Negative-Emissions.pdf.

"This Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance position paper presents the basis for scaling carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions, including a mix of land-based carbon sinks, nature-based solutions and technological carbon removal approaches, which are essential for alignment to a 1.5°C pathway."

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