Quotes you need to read from our panel on negative emissions

 

On July 10th, 2015, the Center For Carbon Removal hosted an accredited side event on carbon removal solutions at the Our Common Future Under Climate Change Conference. with Paris Mines Tech and the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute. Read our key takeaways below:

 

 

WE NEED CARBON REMOVAL TO GET TO 2C

“All the models show that without producing negative emissions, massively in the second half of this century, we cannot achieve a two degree target under the present technologies.” - Florian Kraxner (IIASA)

 

 

CARBON REMOVAL IS PART OF THE BROADER MITIGATION STRATEGY

“It is a misrepresentation to understand negative emissions as a fallback option that will be available to us if we continue on a business as usual... It’s complementary and not a substitute. And we need to communicate that well.” - Sabine Fuss (Mercator)

 

 

We can do it

“I think of negative emissions or carbon dioxide removal not just as a number that is below zero, but a much larger question of carbon management. Luckily, we have been thinking about carbon management for decades now. There are existing structures we can work with and existing priorities that be reappropriated and redirected to meet the negative emissions challenge.” - Dan Sanchez (UC Berkeley)

 

 

WE NEED THE WHOLE PORTFOLIO

"It's not a very complicated calculation to see that if we go a little bit further on, we have to extract something. And if it's not going to be all BECCS, then it has to be something else, and that's where we come back to the portfolio view that accompanies deep decarbonization." - Sabine Fuss (Mercator)

 

 

WE NEED TO CONSIDER THE WHOLE SUPPLY CHAIN

“We still don’t know how much bioenergy we can produce sustainably. [The research says] from 26 - 300 EJ that can be sustainably harvested. That's a huge difference.” - Pep Canadell (CSIRO)

 

 

MORE RESEARCH AND DEPLOYMENT (...and we need it now)

“In the end, it will probably be a portfolio of things and what we actually need is research into the tradeoffs and interactions between them and other mitigation options. Basically, we need to look into where these negative emissions options run into limits and which bottlenecks we face and how far can we go with each one of them to meet the need from the models.” - Sabine Fuss (Mercator)

“Technologies like BECCS take a significant amount of advanced planning. If you want things done by a certain date, you can’t start the night before.” - Dan Kammen (UC Berkeley)

“We need that framework. We need to not only work with our colleagues in academia, but also with people from private sector and government to make it clear that we can devise strategies to meet these different targets.” - Dan Kammen (UC Berkeley)

“But aside from these very small, really experimental systems, we have no existing commercial deployment of BECCS. That’s really important to note, particularly when we’re talking about gigaton scale negative emissions within maybe three decades… We have to start thinking about how we might incentivize and commercialize these systems - slowly ramp them up and slowly understand both the technical needs, but also the market needs to get them to scale.” - Dan Sanchez (UC Berkeley)