Net Zero and Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies

The Paris Agreement target of < 2C of planetary warming means that substantial net removal of greenhouse gases will be required from the atmosphere during the 21st century. This will require deployment of Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) systems at a significant scale to rebalance the global carbon cycle in order to address the root cause of climate change.

Foresight Transitions is looking at new ways in which GGR development can be characterised within a resource availability framework. This involves scanning for technological advances, novel business models which might be manifest and assessing
how value propositions might be developed in different possible futures.

The most recent evolution of this activity is the development of the Carbon Removal Network which is an organisation dedicated to advancing constructive dialogues and collective action in carbon removal, please see: For the C2G2 blog about the Network see this link.

Downloads: Research Papers and Projects

Workman, M.H.W. Battersby, F., Heap, R, and McLaren, S., 2020.
Scaling a UK Greenhouse Gas Removal Sector: Challenges and Implications
Panel Session held on 17th September 2020 to launch the Corporate Carbon Removal Guide and Putting People and Communities into Greenhouse Gas Removal Report.

Workman, M.H.W. and Templer, R., 2020.
Atmospheric Restoration Accelerator
Working in collaboration with industry, policymakers and the public to realise and scale greenhouse gas removal technologies in a socially and environmentally positive way to address the impacts of climate change. Presented at the GAUC Conference on 16th September 2020.

Battersby, F., Grey, A., Heap, R. and Workman, M.H.W., 2020.
The Corporate Carbon Removal Guide. Building Capacity for Corporate Actors to Engage with Carbon Removal.  Foresight Transitions Ltd – in partnership with Imperial College London, the Carbon Removal Centre, and other international partners – have been commissioned by a philanthropic funder to develop a Carbon Removal Guide for corporations. Engaging the Corporate Sector in Carbon Removal – Print Flyer and Engaging the Corporate Sector in Carbon Removal – Digital Flyer

Heap, R., Workman, M.H.W., Hall, S. and Armstrong, H., 2020.
Putting People and Communities into Greenhouse Gas Removal: Commercial and Socio-Legal Evidence Project. Full report, Summary and Executive Summary. Research funded by the Climate Works Foundation and undertaken in the Leeds Yorkshire area to assess how and why publics and communities must be brought into the Greenhouse Gas Removal agenda as efficiently as possible.

O’Beirne, P., Battersby, F., Mallett, A., Aczel, M., Makuch, K., Workman, M., and Heap, R., 2020.
The UK net-zero target: Insights into procedural justice for greenhouse gas removal.
In Environmental Science & Policy.

Workman, M.H.W., Dooley, K., Lomax, G., Maltby, J., and Darch, G., 2020.
Decision making in contexts of deep uncertainty—an alternative approach for long-term climate policy. In Environmental Science & Policy.

Platt, D., Workman, M.H.W., and Hall, S., 2019.
Greenhouse gas removal technologies: A focus on the commercial opportunity.
A Grantham Institute Discussion Paper.

Caldecott, B., Lomax, G., and Workman., M.H.W., 2015.
Stranded Carbon Assets and Negative Emissions Technologies.
Working Paper, dated February 2015.

McGlashan. N.R., Workman, M.H.W., Caldecott, B., and Shah, N., 2012.
High-level techno-economic assessment of negative emissions technologies.
Process Safety and Environmental Protection 90 (2012) 501–510.

McGlashan, N.R., Workman, M.H.W., Caldecott, B., and Shah, N., 2012.
Negative Emissions Technologies.
Grantham Briefing Paper
No 8.

Links: Research Papers

Lomax, G., Lenton, T.M., Adeosun, A., and Workman, M.H.W., 2015.
Investing in negative emissions.
Nature Climate Change.

Lomax, G., Workman, M.H.W., Lenton, T.M., and Shah, N., 2015.
Reframing the policy approach to greenhouse gas removal technologies.
Energy Policy.

Videos and Infographics

Greenhouse Gas Removal Infographics.
Understanding the role of Greenhouse Gas RemovalEven after deep decarbonisation there will still be residual emissions across the UK economy. This is where Greenhouse Gas Removal is considered an important tool.

The need for a balanced portfolio of UK Greenhouse Gas Removal.  A range of methods for removing greenhouse gases are available – each with its own profile of risks and benefits.

Broader Questions on Deployment of Greenhouse Gas Removal. Participation of the stakeholders early in GGR will help to build social acceptance, inform policy and regulatory development and stimulate innovation.

Interviewed for the Financial Times featurette 24th March 2019 (YouTube).
‘How capturing CO2 from air can combat climate change’ [2.50 – 3.14 seconds] “At present, there is no market for carbon dioxide removal, so the big question is, how do we generate a market from a standing start?”

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