Research priorities for negative emissions

Fuß, S., Jones, C.D., Kraxner, F., Peters, G.P., Smith, P., Tavoni, M., van Vuuren, D.P., Canadell, J.G., et al. (2016). Research priorities for negative emissions. Environmental Research Letters 11 (11) p. 115007. 10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/115007.

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Project: Exploring transitions pathways to sustainable, low carbon societies (PATHWAYS, FP7 603942), Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate: Experiments (CRESCENDO, H2020 641816)


Carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere (CDR)—also known as ‘negative emissions’—features
prominently in most 2 °Cscenarios and has been under increased scrutiny by scientists, citizens, and
policymakers. Critics argue that ‘negative emission technologies’ (NETs) are insufficiently mature to
rely on them for climate stabilization. Some even argue that 2 °Cis no longer feasible or might have
unacceptable social and environmental costs. Nonetheless, the Paris Agreement endorsed an
aspirational goal of limiting global warming to even lower levels, arguing that climate impacts—
especially for vulnerable nations such as small island states—will be unacceptably severe in a 2 °C
world. While there are few pathways to 2 °Cthat do not rely on negative emissions, 1.5 °Cscenarios
are barely conceivable without them. Building on previous assessments of NETs, we identify some
urgent research needs to provide a more complete picture for reaching ambitious climate targets, and
the role that NETs can play in reaching them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: negative emissions, carbon dioxide removal, climate change, sustainability, 1.5 C, Paris Agreement
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 17:01
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 10:55

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