CO₂-removal News

4 Xprize winning teams

by Nori – Carbon Removal Newsroom on spotify (1 h 33 min)

This week in the series, four of the teams were introduced that won the Carbon Removal Xprize Milestone award. On April 22nd, Xprize announced the 15 winners of the second round of their competition for carbon removal solutions. Each of these teams was been awarded $1 million to help them compete for the grand prize of $50 million, or 3 $30 million runner-up slots, which will be awarded three years from now.

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Carbon Removal: What role must it play?

by Climate Crisis Adivsory on spotify (1h 15 min)

Ade Adepitan hosts the CCAG panel with former BBC science editor David Shukman, New Scientist journalist and podcast host Rowan Hooper, the Brazilian climate journalist Meghie Rodrigues and Jon Burke, UK decarbonisation expert.  There are also contributions from Daffa Praditya, activist from Fridays for Future and postdoctoral research associate Jooeun Yoon.

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CSLF Carbon Dioxide Removal Workshop

28 June 2022, Bergen, Norway

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) organises a workshop on Carbon Dioxide Removal, organised by the CSLF, IEAGHG, and CEM CCUS. The workshop will be held on June 28th , 2022, in Bergen, Norway, and will coincide with the next CSLF Technical Group meeting being held the day before. It is an in-person meeting with remote access as well.

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Online event: Carbon to Value Initiative Year 2 Kickoff

Wed, June 8, 2022; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

Meet the Carbon to Value Initiative’s second cohort of carbontech startups: The Carbon to Value (C2V) Initiative is a multi-year collaboration between The Urban Future Lab (UFL), Greentown Labs, and the Fraunhofer USA TechBridge Program. This partnership is driving the creation of a thriving innovation ecosystem for the commercialization of carbontech — technologies that capture, convert and store carbon dioxide (CO₂) into valuable end products or services.

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Bloomberg: Is Carbon Removal Finally Getting Serious?

Bloomberg opinion editorial

„In a field long plagued by hype and high costs, new startups are showing real promise. The question is whether they can scale up in time. […] Philanthropists and government agencies have long offered prizes for various carbon-removal benchmarks. And inchoate efforts are underway to turn stored carbon dioxide into something economically useful. Yet none of these efforts amounts to a sustainable business. […] In time, companies may devise cleverer ways to commercialize removed carbon, rendering advance commitments moot. Perhaps the $12 billion Congress pledged to the technology in last year’s infrastructure bill will lead to a breakthrough. Maybe green-energy investment will yield much faster emissions reductions than expected. But for now, an all-of-the-above approach makes sense — and harnessing the magic of competition can only help.“

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Voters Want State and Federal Lawmakers to Lead on Carbon Dioxide Removal

by Celina Scott-Buechler and Toby Bryce on dataforprogress.org

„The New York Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act (CDRLA) marks the first of its kind: a state-level bill aimed at advancing CDR deployment in the immediate term to ensure it’s ready to be scaled up when we most need it and done so in a sustainable and progressive way. The act authorizes the creation of a state-run advance market commitment for durable carbon removal, starting with a very small amount (10,000 tons in 2024) that doubles each year through 2029.[…] And the New York CDRLA is popular: recent Data for Progress polling in New York state finds that 72 percent of voters approve of the state legislature passing a bill to accelerate the development of carbon removal approaches and technologies. This includes 85 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of Independents, and 57 percent of Republicans.“

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CNN: DOE announces multibillion-dollar project to kickstart a carbon dioxide removal industry in US

by Ella Nilsen, CNN May 19, 2022

The US Department of Energy is announcing a massive investment in direct air carbon removal projects, in hopes of kickstarting an industry. On Thursday the DOE relesead a notice of intent for developers for four direct air capture hubs – each capable of removing over a million tons of CO2 per year — using $3.5 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure law.

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Low et al. (2022): Rethinking Net-Zero systems, spaces, and societies: “Hard” versus “soft” alternatives for nature-based and engineered carbon removal

Sean Low, Chad M. Baum, Benjamin K. Sovacool IN: Global Environmental Change 75, 102530, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2022.102530

The authors build on Amory Lovins’ “hard” and “soft” alternatives for energy pathways to illuminate how foundational experts, technologists, and policy entrepreneurs think about different modes of resource inputs, infrastructure and livelihoods, and decision-making, regarding ten nature-based and engineered carbon removal approaches.

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Postdoc (m/f/d) in Earth system modelling of Coastal “Blue Carbon” Vegetated Ecosystems for CO2 Removal and Climate Change Mitigation

Deadline: 17th June 2022

The research unit Marine Biogeochemical Modelling of research division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany) is offering a Post Doc position starting on August 15th 2022. They are looking for a scientist with strong expertise in at least one of the following aspects:

  • numerical modelling of the ocean
  • numerical modelling of the climate response to carbon dioxide removal (CDR)
  • the use of numerical models or their output to investigate global ocean biogeochemistry
  • the use of numerical models or their output to investigate the climate system

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