Our CDR side event at COP28
The debate surrounding carbon dioxide removal is pivotal as the European Union strives to achieve its climate objectives. The goal is greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050, demanding immediate and comprehensive emission reductions as well as CO₂ removals. Central to this discussion are the inevitable existence of residual emissions due to essential societal activities, the critical necessity of distinguishing between emission reductions and removals, comprehensive assessments of CO₂ removal to design sustainable pathways, and the questions surrounding practical implementation and scaling-up of CO₂ removal methods. Addressing these issues is crucial for successful negotiations on methods and policy instruments to attain the net-zero targets.
These topics were the focus of the side event “From Science to Action: Overcoming Challenges in Implementing Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Pathways” at COP28 in Dubai. CDRterra researchers explored core aspects of the debate, providing a platform for an in-depth discussion to further analyse the challenges and potential solutions.
Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz, Spokesperson CDRterra & CDRSynTra, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies, Spokesperson CDRmare, CDRSynTra, GEOMAR
Dr. Oliver Geden, CDRSynTra, German Instute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Dr. Jessica Strefler, CDRSynTra, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Dr. Steve Smith, Member of the International Advisory Board, Oxford Smith School
The side event took place on Dec 01, 2023, 4.30 pm (GMT +4) in the German Pavilion.
Photo above: Steve Smith, Andreas Oschlies, Julia Pongratz, Jessica Strefler, Oliver Geden. Credit: Björn Maier