Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France




Organizers :  UC Berkeley, Berkeley. CA, United States of America; Mines ParisTech, Paris, France
Date : July 10th, from 11:30am to 1pm
Location : Mines ParisTech, Paris, France
Expected number of participants : 100-250
Nature of participants : Academic, Industry, Government
Keywords : carbon dioxide removal, negative emissions, carbon sinks, reseach and development
Keynote speakers :
  • D. Kammen, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States of America
  • S. Fuss, Mercator Research Institute, Berlin, Germany
  • K. Caldeira, Carnegie Institute of Science, Stanford, CA, United States of America
  • P. Canadell, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Australia
  • F. Kraxner, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria


Scientists increasingly agree that carbon removal solutions -- i.e. those systems and process capable of net-negative carbon emissions -- are critical for fighting climate change. At the same time, many carbon removal solutions are less developed technically and scientifically than other GHG mitigation technologies such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

This panel discussion explores the state of carbon removal research and development, the key questions surrounding various carbon removal approaches, and the development activities needed to answer key technical and scientific questions. The panel will discuss options for coordinating carbon removal research efforts across the international community, as well as options for engaging governments, industry, and NGOs in funding and executing carbon removal research and development activities. After a moderated panel discussion, questions from the audience and interested participants across the globe will be addressed.

This panel will be co-located with the COP Side Event n°92 - Advances in multi-scale models to shed light on the plausibility of longterm scenarios, which is scheduled for later in the afternoon. These events represent a collaboration between academic groups at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mines ParisTech.

More information

Contact : Noah Deich
Organization: The Center for Carbon Removal; at the University of California Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute
email: noah.deich@centerforcarbonremoval.org
website: www.centerforcarbonremoval.org

For more information about the Conference, please visit this website

Key outcomes

Three Key Takeaways from the Event:

1. Climate scientists increasingly incorporate the idea of “negative emissions” – i.e. removing and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere to clean the sky of excess carbon pollution – into scenarios for limiting climate change.

2. Despite their growing prevalence in models, carbon removal solutions must overcome many hurdles to reach scale including: sustainability, public acceptance, measurement and verification, economic viability, and land use competition (among others).

3. Research, development, and demonstration are urgently needed to address these hurdles


Please find hereunder the link to the Event Recap: Carbon Removal Solutions - Discussion on Research and Development Needs.