Launch of the 1st "State of CDR" report

The new report, “The State of Carbon Dioxide Removal”, provides for the first time an overview of the global state of carbon removal – in particular, it looks at progress in the deployment of CDR measures, public awareness and the development of policy instruments and innovations in this field.

The analysis shows that public interest in the issue of CO₂ removal is increasing. However, we are still removing only a small amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The commitment of governments to the development of CO₂ removal methods is far too low to achieve our climate goals.

The report is the first step towards a global assessment of the state of CDR and the gap we need to close.

On 19 January, the main authors will present the key findings of the report.

Launch event

Thursday, 19 January 2023
16:00-17:30 GMT


  • Presenting authors:
    Oliver Geden, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
    Jan Minx, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
    Gregory Nemet, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Steve Smith, University of Oxford
  • Guest speaker:
    Jen Wilcox, US Department of Energy
  • Moderation:
    Catherine Brahic, Editor, The Economist

Registration and further information

The project was initiated by CDRterra researchers Oliver Geden and Jan Minx, among others. They are leading scientists in the field of CO₂ removal and IPCC authors. With the report they want to close data gaps and support a responsible and equitable upscaling of CDR measures.

Several researchers from CDRterra projects are involved in the “State of CDR” report, including Jessica Strefler, Sarah Lück, Sabine Fuss, Felix Schenuit and Tim Repke. The analysis is supported by our synthesis and transfer project CDRSynTra.

More about CDRSynTra

Cover of the first State of CDR Report