CO₂-removal News

A Common Framework for consistent conduct and transparent reporting of carbon dioxide removal and CCU Technology Appraisal, Volume II

Manuscript deadline: 01 February 2022

This Research Topic of Frontiers is part of the Harmonizing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) guidelines series: „Harmonizing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) guidelines: A Common Framework for consistent conduct and transparent reporting of carbon dioxide removal and CCU Technology Appraisal, Volume I„. The group now presents to the Editors of FIC-NET this proposal to put together an invitation-only article collection on harmonizing efforts for assessments for carbon dioxide capture, removal, utilization, and storage.


Yang et al. (2021): Biological parts for plant biodesign to enhance land-based carbon dioxide removal

Xiaohan Yang, Degao Liu, Haiwei Lu, David J. Weston, Jin-Gui Chen, Wellington Muchero, Stanton Martin, Yang Liu, Md Mahmudul Hassan, Guoliang Yuan, Udaya C. Kalluri, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, Julie C. Mitchell, Stan D. Wullschleger, Gerald A. Tuskan IN: BiodesignResearch, Article ID:9798714, 32 pp.

In this article, validated biological parts (e.g., protein encoding genes, non-coding RNAs) were summarized for biological engineering of carbon dioxide removal traits in terrestrial plants to accelerate land-based decarbonization in bioenergy plantations and agricultural settings and promote a vibrant bioeconomy.


Phys.Org: New knowledge towards increasing carbon dioxide uptake in plants

by the University of Copenhagen

In a new study published in the scientific journal PNAS, researchers from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have just discovered that a group of proteins in plant leaf cells, called CURT1, plays a much more important role in photosynthesis than once thought. Much of their research revolves around making photosynthesis more efficient so that plants can absorb more CO2.


Nature comment – Joppa et al. (2021): Microsoft’s million-tonne CO2-removal purchase — lessons for net zero

Lucas Joppa, Amy Luers, Elizabeth Willmott, S. Julio Friedmann, Steven P. Hamburg, Rafael Broze IN: Nature 597, 629-632 (2021) doi:

The authors summarized the lessons learnt from Microsoft’s carbon-removal efforts, along with those from another early corporate procurement — the $9-million purchases of carbon removal in 2020 and 2021 by the US–Irish financial-infrastructure company Stripe. Although these are just two companies’ efforts, they are the first significant open solicitations focused exclusively on carbon removal. They write as a team composed of Microsoft staff working on the company’s carbon-negative programme and research scientists who analyse carbon reduction and removal strategies.


Carbon 180: The future of Direct Air Capture is knocking

by Peter Minor, PhD, director of science and innovation

A few start-ups have embraced new innovations that will greatly accelerate the path to gigaton-scale removal. C180’s been keeping an eye out, and they have identified three core developments that could supercharge the DAC industry — and the policy support needed to implement them.


PhD position on funding & financing coastal nature-based solutions in Europe

Deadline: December 15, 2021

The new collaborative European Research project REST-COAST investigates nature-based solutions (NBS) (e.g. restoring coastal wetlands such as marshes and mangroves) for protecting against coastal flooding, responding to sea-level rise, capturing carbon and safeguarding biodiversity. A PhD student is sought (as well as two other open PhD positions and one postdoctoral position) to work on this topic in the work-package on funding & financing NBS of the Global Climate Forum.