CO₂-removal News

Brief: QU.A.L.ITY soil carbon removals? Assessing the EU Framework for Carbon Removal Certification from a climate-friendly soil management perspective.

Hugh McDonald, Anne Siemons, Ralph Bodle, May Hobeika, Aaron Scheid, Lambert Schneider; Ecologic Institute, Berlin, 27 pp.

This brief critically assesses the Commission’s 2022 proposal for Framework for Carbon Removals Certification as it applies to climate-friendly soil management. The authors introduce the proposal and then evaluate how its minimum certification criteria – the so-called QU.A.L.ITY (quantification, additionality, long-term storage, and sustainability) criteria – would apply to climate-friendly soil management activities.

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Wang et al. (2023): Role of biochar toward carbon neutrality

Liuwei Wang, Jiayu Deng, Xiaodong Yang, Renjie Hou, Deyi Hou IN: Carbon Res. 2, 2. https://doi.org/10.1007/s44246-023-00035-7

In this review, the authors highlight the huge potential of biochar application in different fields to mitigate as high as 2.56 × 109 t CO2e total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year, accounting for 5.0% of the global GHG emissions. Soil applications of biochar as either a controlled-release fertilizer or an immobilization agent offer improved soil health while simultaneously suppressing the emissions of CH4 and N2O.

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Carton et al. (2023): Is carbon removal delaying emission reductions?

Wim Carton, Inge-Merete Hougaard, Nils Markusson, Jens Friis Lund IN: Wires Climate Change, https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.826

Carbon dioxide removal is rapidly becoming a key focus in climate research and politics. This is raising concerns of “moral hazard” or “mitigation deterrence,” that is, the risk that promises of and/or efforts to pursue carbon removal end up reducing or delaying near-term mitigation efforts. Some, however, contest this risk, arguing that it is overstated or lacking evidence. In this review, te authors explore the reasons behind the disagreement in the literature.

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Fracking, Atomkraft und Verbrennungsmotor

Henrike Roßbach, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 26. Januar 2023, 11:59 Uhr

„Wenn die FDP „Technologieoffenheit“ sagt, meint sie in der Regel Dinge, die bei den Grünen starkes Unwohlsein auslösen. So geht das Pingpongspiel zwischen den ungleichen Parteien weiter. (…) Vertrackter für sie aber ist die Forderung, die unterirdische Speicherung von abgeschiedenem CO₂ aus Industrieprozessen (CCS) zu erlauben. Kürzlich erst hat der grüne Wirtschaftsminister Robert Habeck in Norwegen besichtigt, wie das funktionieren kann; Klimaexperten halten CCS für notwendig, um die Klimaziele zu erreichen. Die FDP will diese Technologie nun auch hierzulande im industriellen Maßstab kurzfristig zulassen. Man dürfe sich nicht „auf andere Länder verlassen, wie zum Beispiel Norwegen (…) Die einen fordern CCS und Fracking im eigenen Land (Ping), die anderen wollen Straßen von der Planungsbeschleunigung ausnehmen und Biokraftstoffe aus Pflanzen verbieten (Pong). Die einen fordern, die Sektorziele beim Klimaschutz aufzugeben (Ping). Die anderen verlangen von FDP-Verkehrsminister Volker Wissing, seine Sektorziele endlich zu erfüllen (Pong).“

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Japan sets carbon capture roadmap with 6-12 million tonne/year target by 2030

on channelnewsasia.com; 26 Jan 2023 09:47PM

„TOKYO : Japan’s industry ministry on Thursday set a target of annual carbon dioxide (CO2) storage capacity of 6-12 million tonnes by 2030 under a long-term roadmap for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Japan sees CCS technology – which removes CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and stores them underground, and which a host of Japanese companies said on Thursday they were working on – as essential to achieving its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.“

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Phys.org – What Is Blue Carbon and How Can It Help Fight Climate Change?

by Olga Rukovets on Phys.org, 26 January

„According to the National Ocean Service, „blue carbon is simply the term for carbon captured by the world’s ocean and coastal ecosystems.“ So why is it important? And what role can it play in addressing climate change?“ Researchers at Columbia Climate School discuss the benefits and challenges of working with carbon from ocean and coastal ecosystems.

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Und übermorgen unter null

Stefan Schmitt, ZEIT online, 25. Januar 2023 (Paywall)

„Emissionen senken, klar doch, dieses Klimaschutzrezept kennt jeder. Aber seinen unverzichtbaren Zwilling? Fachleute rechnen durch, wie viel Kohlendioxid im Lauf des Jahrhunderts aus der Luft geholt werden muss.“

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