Schlagwort: governance

This is CDR: Residual Emissions and the Climate Role of CDR

Tuesday, July 25 · 6 – 7pm CEST

This Is CDR is an online event series that explores the wide range of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions currently being researched, developed, and deployed, and discusses them in the context of CDR policies OpenAir seeks to formulate and advance at every level of government in the U.S., as well as in national and subnational jurisdictions globally. This week Dr. Holly Jean Buck will discuss her recent paper (with colleagues) „Why Residual Emissions Matter Right Now,“ and the implications of this work on the climate role of CDR.


Jacobs et al. (2023): Governing-by-aspiration? Assessing the nature and implications of including negative emission technologies (NETs) in country long-term climate strategies

Heather Jacobs, Aarti Gupta, Ina Möller IN: Global Environmental Change 81, 102691,

The authors assess here how NETs are discussed in 29 long-term climate strategies, in order to ascertain the risk that including the promise of future NETs may delay the taking of short-term mitigation actions. Their analysis shows that almost all countries plan to rely on NETs, particularly enhanced use of natural carbon sinks, even as a wide array of challenges and trade-offs in doing so are highlighted.


Report: Strengthening MRV standards for greenhouse gas removals to improve climate change governance

Leo Mercer & Josh Burke; Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

This report seeks to identify the factors underpinning the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas removal (GGR) across the spectrum of biological, chemical and geochemical techniques, and the risks associated with GGR-specific MRV. It provides recommendations for policymakers to reduce the complexity and ensure the industry continues to innovate with high levels of integrity.


Call for Applications: Carbon Removal Justice Fellows Program

Deadline for applications: May 20, 2023

Two-week Fellows Program will run from July 10-24, 2023

The National Wildlife Federation and the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy at American University invite applicants for the inaugural cohort of the Carbon Removal Justice Fellows Program („the Fellows Program“). It is designed to bring environmental justice voices and perspectives into the fast-developing field of carbon removal policy, research, and private sector activity. The Fellows Program will:

  • Provide participants with an introduction to the field of carbon removal, centering environmental justice considerations and concerns;
  • Include conversations with key figures in U.S. federal policymaking, the private sector, and civil society; and
  • Involve site visits to two U.S. locations grappling with decisions around carbon removal. 

They invite applications from people who work with or in environmental justice organizations, who represent frontline climate communities, or who have a strong background in environmental justice-oriented organizing and practice. The Fellows Program will provide up to ten participants with a two-week introduction to the field. In addition, one participant will take up a full-time 11-month position with the National Wildlife Federation and work closely with staff at the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy. Applicants should identify whether they are applying for the two-week fellowship, the 11-month opportunity with the National Wildlife Federation, or both.


Sovacool (2023): Expanding carbon removal to the Global South: Thematic concerns on systems, justice, and climate governance

Benjamin K. Sovacool IN: Energy and Climate Change 4, 100103,

This paper summarizes the perspectives and concerns of 90 key academics, technologists, and policy entrepreneurs on expanding carbon removal assessment, innovation, and policy beyond early foci within (northern) Europe, the US, Japan, and Australia. It explores how concerns about systems (coupling and infrastructure deployment), justice (equity and inclusion), and governance (including pledges, funding, and offsets) markedly differ across Global North and Global South dynamics. It discusses how such issues intersect with each other, and concludes with insights for research and policy.


Regulating Ocean CDR Research

podcast by Nori – Carbon Removal Newsroom (30 min)

On this episode, the hosts take a look at the state of ocean CDR research governance with one of the field’s foremost experts, Wil Burns. He talks about the main international agreements that govern the seas, and experiments within them. What does existing law mean for plans to test ocean CDR? The panel also discuss the recent news of a geoengineering experiment in England that was leaked to the press.


Nature – Buck et al. (2023): Why residual emissions matter right now

Holly Jean Buck, Wim Carton, Jens Friis Lund, Nils Markusson IN: Nat. Clim. Chang. (2023).

Net-zero targets imply that continuing residual emissions will be balanced by carbon dioxide removal. However, residual emissions are typically not well defined, conceptually or quantitatively. The authors analysed governments’ long-term strategies submitted to the UNFCCC to explore projections of residual emissions, including amounts and sectors.


New Report From XPRIZE and Carbon180 Offers Environmental Justice Guidance for Carbon Removal Industry, February 07, 2023 09:15 AM

„XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s biggest challenges, and Carbon180, the climate NGO that designs and champions equitable, science-based carbon removal policy, released a report today outlining how crucial environmental justice considerations should be integrated into the carbon removal industry moving forward. The groundbreaking report is just one initiative generated by the $100 Million XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition, the largest incentive prize in history. This new publication represents a push to center environmental justice both within the competition and the broader carbon removal industry.“


2nd Annual Conference on Carbon Removal Law and Policy: The Role of Domestic Law and Policy in Regulating and Facilitating CDR

September 27-28, 2022, to be held virtually

Registration is open! This year’s conference will focus on the role of domestic law (throughout the world) in the carbon dioxide removal sector. It is organisator’s hope to bring together speakers from the corporate, government, NGO and academic sectors to explore lessons learned to date, as well as to discuss interstices in legal and regulatory frameworks, and approaches that can help to streamline governance mechanisms, while protecting the interests of all stakeholders. This event is co-convened by the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, the Environmental Policy & Culture Program at Northwestern University, and the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University.


Cox et al. (2022): Deliberating enhanced weathering: public frames, iconic ecosystems, and the governance of carbon removal at scale

Emily Cox, Elspeth Spence, Nicholas Pidgeon IN: Public Understanding of Science, SAGE Publications (UK and US), University of Cardiff

Public perceptions of ERW and its wider social and environmental implications will be a critical factor determining its potential; the authors use six two-day deliberative workshops in England, Wales and Illinois to understand public views. Consideration of ERW deployment in tropical countries led participants to frame it from a social justice perspective, which had been much less prevalent when considering Western agricultural contexts, and generated assumptions of increased scale, which heightened concerns about detrimental social and environmental impacts.