Workshop: On the Way to Climate Neutrality – Defining Real and Credible Carbon Removals

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 14:00 – 16:10 CET – Online

The IPCC 1.5°C Special Report states that, in addition to the urgent need to cut CO2 pollution, significant carbon dioxide removals (CDR) will be necessary over this century. However, there are, potentially, risks involved in getting CDR policies wrong. Counting on removals that fail to materialise or are easily reversible could undermine climate efforts, and/or provide a dangerous distraction from prioritising and investing in emission reductions.

A first step to avoid pitfalls related to CDRs is to set a robust but flexible definition that will allow policymakers to determine which technologies and practices lead to real carbon removals, and which ones do not. At this event, organised by Bellona Europa and Carbon Market Watch as members of the European Horizon 2020 NEGEM project, we will test and receive feedback on how to define the ‘negative’ in negative emissions.

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14:00 – 14:05 Welcome by Bellona Europa

14:05 – 14:10 Opening Remarks by Terhi Lehtonen, Environment State Secretary, Finland

14:10 – 14:40 Principle 1 – Removal of CO2 from the atmosphere

  • Christoph Beuttler, ClimeWorks
  • Lorie Hamelin, University of Toulouse
  • Heidi Sorensen, Head of Oslo Climate Agency

14:40 – 15:20 Principle 2 – Storing CO2 in a manner intended to be permanent 

  • Graeme Sweeney, Zero Emissions Platform 
  • Kelsey Perlman, Fern

15:20 – 15:30 Break from our screens to stretch our legs

15:30 – 16:00 Principles 3 & 4 – Getting the accounting right 

  • Andrea Ramirez, TU Delft 
  • Peter Zapfel, European Commission (tbc)

16:00 – 16:10 Wrap up by Carbon Market Watch – which problems can a good definition solve?

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