26.11.2020

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UK Government: Policy Paper: NIC Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies Study: Terms of Reference

UK Government: Policy Paper: NIC Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies Study: Terms of Reference.

"The government asks the National Infrastructure Commission to provide recommendations to government on the technologies that should be deployed to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and deliver negative emissions, the policies needed to incentivise the rollout of these technologies and the timeline of decisions needed by government to enable the UK to use greenhouse gas removal technologies to achieve net zero."

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25.11.2020

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Fajardy, M.; et al. (2020): The economics of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) deployment in a 1.5°C or 2°C world

Fajardy, M., J. Morris, A. Gurgel, H. Herzog, N. MacDowell, S. Paltsev (2020): The economics of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) deployment in a 1.5°C or 2°C world. Joint Program Report Series Report 345. (http://globalchange.mit.edu/publication/17489).

"Here we focus on quantifying the potential scale of BECCS and its impact on the economy, taking into account technology and economic considerations, but excluding sustainability and political aspects."

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20.11.2020

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Amador, Giana; et al. (2020): Transition Book. Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+

Amador, Giana; Jacobson, Rory; Kosar, Ugbaard; Simonelli, Lucia; Steeves, Tim; Suarez, Vanessa et al. (2020): Transition Book. Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+. Edited by Emily Reich. Carbon180.

"The next administration will need to take bold action in 2021 and beyond to drastically and swiftly reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy. This report serves as a guide for transition teams as they explore pathways for administrative action on climate."

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19.11.2020

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NewClimate Institute & DataDriven EnviroLab (2020): Navigating the nuances of net-zero targets

NewClimate Institute & DataDriven EnviroLab (2020): Navigating the nuances of net-zero targets. Research report prepared by the team of: Thomas Day, Silke Mooldijk and Takeshi Kuramochi (NewClimate Institute) and Angel Hsu, Zhi Yi Yeo, Amy Weinfurter, Yin Xi Tan, Ian French, Vasu Namdeo, Odele Tan, Sowmya Raghavan, Elwin Lim, and Ajay Nair (Data-Driven EnviroLab).

"This report analyses the momentum of targets for net-zero emissions across companies, cities and regions worldwide. We seek to unravel the ambiguity of net-zero targets to better enable the identification of truly ambitious actors and enhance support towards them. We offer recommendations for increasing target transparency with the aim of achieving greater accountability and ambition."

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11.11.2020

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Rackley, Steve (2020): Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement. A preliminary research agenda and maturation roadmap

Rackley, Steve (2020): Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement. A preliminary research agenda and maturation roadmap. CarbonActionNow!

"This working paper follows the NASEM approach in establishing a preliminary research agenda for ocean alkalinity enhancement (OAE), and also outlines a technology maturation roadmap towards large-scale deployment. The two-fold aim of this work is, firstly, to focus R&D attention on knowledge gaps that must be closed to enable informed decisions on OAE demonstration and later deployment activity and, secondly, to identify the potential longer term, primarily non-technical barriers to impact scale OAE deployment that need to be addressed, in parallel with other early stage work, in order to provide the foundation for such deployment, if this is eventually undertaken."

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11.11.2020

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Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (2020): Consultation Document

Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (2020): Consultation Document.

"The recommendations published in the Taskforce’s Consultation Document aim to identify the infrastructure solutions necessary to scale the voluntary carbon markets. These are recommendations for the private-sector, developed by both current and potential market users, to ensure this market can deliver to the needs of its participants without compromising the integrity of decarbonization."

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01.11.2020

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S. Julio Friedmann; et al. (2020): Levelized Cost of Carbon Abatement: An Improved Cost-Assessment Methodology for a Net-Zero Emissions World

S. Julio Friedmann, Zhiyuan Fan, Zachary Byrum, Emeka Ochu, Amar Bhardwaj, and Hadia Sheerazi (2020): Levelized Cost of Carbon Abatement: An Improved Cost-Assessment Methodology for a Net-Zero Emissions World. Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. October 2020.

"This paper, from the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, puts forward a levelized cost of carbon abatement, LCCA, an improved methodology for comparing technologies and policies based on the cost of carbon abatement."

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29.10.2020

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Inevitable Policy Response; Vivid Economics (2020): An investor guide to negative emission technologies and the importance of land use

Inevitable Policy Response; Vivid Economics (2020): An investor guide to negative emission technologies and the importance of land use. London.

"As momentum towards net zero rises around the world, this report provides much needed transparency on the importance of land use and the role of Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) in the transition."

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27.10.2020

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American Action Forum: The One Trillion Trees Initiative

"President Trump last week issued an executive order that creates a council to implement the One Trillion Trees Initiative. The initiative calls for forest restoration and conservation to protect local ecosystems and to provide the carbon capture necessary to mitigate climate change. While the president’s commitment and executive order are a promising first step in necessary policymaking, it is difficult to determine what they mean in practice."

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27.10.2020

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Bodansky, Daniel; Biniaz, Susan (2020): Climate Intervention: The Case for Research

Bodansky, Daniel; Biniaz, Susan (2020): Climate Intervention: The Case for Research. Center for Climate and Energy Solutions & SilverLining.

"This paper argues that there is an urgent need for research on climate intervention as a potential means of addressing abrupt change, and counters common objections. It argues that research would (1) improve our understanding of the likelihood of abrupt changes and our ability to respond safely and effectively; (2) supply governments, stakeholders, and the public with the information needed to assess and make evidence-based decisions about climate interventions; (3) help address the risks of climate change for future generations and for vulnerable countries, especially those without resources to adapt; and (4) reduce the risk of geopolitical tensions over climate interventions due to uncertainties and mistakes."

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