Webinar Series

The Assessing Carbon Removal webinar series will bring together experts to examine particular carbon removal technologies. Institute staff and guest speakers will explain and contextualize what we know about carbon removal options, as well as the research necessary to thoroughly assess the technical, legal, and social considerations of carbon removal technologies as a potential element of a climate response portfolio.

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Carbon Dioxide Removal via BECCS in a Carbon-Neutral Europe

1 hour

This webinar, hosted by the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy on September 10th, 2021, parsed out key messages from a recent study in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, which sought to quantify the potential of Bioenergy and Carbon Capture with Storage (BECCS) in Europe: “Assessment of carbon dioxide removal via BECCS in a carbon neutral Europe.” The study seeks to assess the technical potential biogenic carbon dioxide removal in Europe through consideration of seven different BECCs configurations that do not draw upon purpose-grown bioenergy plantations. In this upcoming webinar, one of the study’s authors will discuss these scenarios, including the need for continent-wide cooperation in terms of storage and transportation of biomass to optimize sequestration.

Panelist:

Dr. Lorenzo Rosa a postdoctoral fellow at ETH Zurich in the Institute of Energy and Process Engineering, currently studying sustainable water-energy-food systems and the deployment of technologies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Dr. Rosa is also assessing the role of bio-energy with carbon capture and storage to deliver net-zero emissions in Europe. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of California Berkeley.

Moderator:

Dr. Wil Burns is the Co-Director for the Institute of Carbon Removal Law and Policy. His current areas of research focus are climate geoengineering; international climate change litigation; adaptation strategies to address climate change, with a focus on the potential role of micro-insurance; and the effectiveness of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System. He has published over 80 articles and chapters in law, science, and policy journals and books and has co-edited four books.

 

 

Past Webinars

Below is a full archive of ICRLP webinars.

The Prospects for Carbon Dioxide Removal in California

1 hour

Given the sheer size of its economy, and the ambitiousness of its climate commitments, California could play a pivotal role in the development of carbon removal options.

This webinar, held on August 19th, 2021, focused on potential mechanisms to drive large-scale adoption of carbon dioxide removal in the state. The discussion also focused on key constraints to carbon removal adoption in California, as well as how to ensure that potential deployment comports with critical environmental justice considerations. The respective speakers will drew upon recent reports and articles that they have published on these themes.

Panelists:

Ethan Elkind: Director of the Climate Program at CLEE and leads the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative on behalf of the UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law. He taught at the UCLA law school’s Frank Wells Environmental Law Clinic and served as an environmental law research fellow. He has a background in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), climate change law, environmental justice, and other environmental law topics.

Sam Uden: Economist, policy analyst, and consultant with expertise in energy, natural resources, and climate change. Sam currently leads a long-term project focused on deploying carbon removal technologies in California. He designs and manages a strategic, policy-oriented research portfolio, and engages with public agencies, legislators, project developers, and environmental NGOs.

Moderators:

Wil Burns: Co-Director, Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy, American University

Bruce Riordan: Director, Berkeley Carbon Removal Network

CRISPR Crops: How Scientists are Using Genome Editing....

1 hour

Title: "CRISPR Crops: How Scientists are Using Genome Editing to Sequester Carbon"

All three of the top GHGs (carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) are cycled biologically, either actively generated or metabolized by plants and microbes. Due to recent breakthroughs in biotechnology, such as CRISPR-Cas genome editing, scientists can unlock and leverage the biological code to drive increased photosynthesis and carbon and nitrogen fixation.

In July 2021, ICRLP hosted a discussion with experts from the Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California, Berkeley on the use of modern molecular and genomic technologies to develop climate-friendly, inexpensive, crop and soil amendments that dramatically increase the potential to store atmospheric carbon in biomass and minimize the release of GHGs back into the environment. This discussion also focused on the ethical, governance, and public perception questions that arise when scaling new technologies of this nature.

Panelists:

Dr. Melinda Kliegman Dr.

Brad Ringeisen

Moderator:

Dr. Wil Burns

 

 

Public Perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Removal

1 hour

In July 2021, ICRLP presented this webinar in which the discussion tackled many questions. What do members of the public and policymakers think about carbon removal? How does the framing of carbon removal, such as presenting specific approaches to carbon removal as "natural," affect people's views? How does political identity or people's level of trust in corporations or scientists affect those views? How do people's attitudes toward carbon removal relate to their attitudes toward other responses to climate change? Three expert panelists discuss these and related questions in this webinar on public perceptions of carbon removal presented by the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy.

Panelists:

Dr. Kaitlin Raimi

Dr. Rob Bellamy

Moderator:

Dr. David Morrow

For further readings on this topic, see a list of studies suggested by the panelists here. Access the complete PDF versions here.

 

Net Zero Targets: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

1 hour

In March 2021, The Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit and Oxford’s Net Zero Program released a report, entitled “TAKING STOCK: A global assessment of net zero targets.” The report surveyed the climate pledges of 4000 major emitting entities, including nations, state, regional, and local governments, and all companies in the Forbes 2000 list, concluding that 19% of these entities already have net zero pledges in place. However, the study also concludes that the quality of these commitments, including in the case of the use of carbon offsets, is inadequate. This webinar brought together several of the authors of this report to discuss the systemic problems with most net zero pledges, including in the context of carbon offsets (including those associated with greenhouse gas removal approaches) and their recommendations to expand, clarify and upgrade such pledges.

Panelists included:

Kate Cullen, Net Zero Policy Research at the University of Oxford

Stephen Smith, Professor at the University of Oxford

Richard Black, Senior Associate at The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit

Moderated by Will Burns, Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy

The Global South in the Imagining of Climate Futures

1 hour

This webinar, unique to our series, featured prolific science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson and Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, ICRLP Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, in conversation about visioning climate futures that privilege the Global South. This discussion was moderated by Kate O'Neill, Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley.

Read the Q&A responses from the panelists here.

Emerging CDR Opportunities in US Legislation

1 hour

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy presents a webinar on new and emerging legislation opportunities for carbon removal in the US. Topics will include: the Trillion Trees and National Carbon Storage Act, the CREATE Act, carbon removal elements of the stimulus package, and what the new Administration and Congress is likely to consider on carbon removal.

The Law of Enhanced Weathering in Carbon Dioxide Removal

1 hour

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy presents a discussion with Romany Webb, Senior Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, on her new paper "The Law of Enhanced Weathering for Carbon Dioxide Removal." Brief Paper Summary: "The Law of Enhanced Weathering for Carbon Dioxide Removal, by Romany Webb, provides a comprehensive analysis of legal issues associated with the performance of enhanced weathering on land and in the oceans. As the paper explains, there are currently no international or U.S. laws dealing specifically with enhanced weathering, but projects could be subject to various existing general environmental and other laws. The paper surveys potentially applicable existing laws and identifies areas where new laws could be adopted, or existing ones revised, to reduce uncertainty and facilitate the development of enhanced weathering projects." Discussion will be moderated by Wil Burns, Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy.

Biochar: An ICRLP Explainer Video

1 hour

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy presents a webinar on biochar: what it is, how it's made, and its role in carbon removal. The speakers also discuss biochar's co-benefits and side effects. Some other topics addressed include: biochar in carbon finance, the persistence of biochar, and biochar's effects on soil and other greenhouse gases.

Equity and Justice in Carbon Removal

1 hour

In this webinar, Ugbaad Kosar, Carbon 180; Augustine Njamnshi, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance; and Arunabha Ghosh, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water discuss equity and justice issues relating to carbon dioxide removal options and ways to address them. Wil Burns, Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, moderates. This webinar is part of a series exploring different aspects of carbon removal.

Agroforestry

1 hour

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy presents a webinar on the technological, economic and political issues associated with agroforestry. In particular, the speakers present on the different types of agroforestry, how prevalent it is today, and how it removes and sequesters carbon. They also discuss risks and benefits, barriers to widespread adoption, and potential policies to address these issues.

Carbon Removal and Corporate Climate Commitments

1 hour

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy presents a webinar on corporate climate commitments and carbon removal. With many companies like Apple and Microsoft recently announcing net-zero (or net negative) commitments, now is the time to ask how carbon removal fits into these commitments. This webinar will explore how corporate commitments are likely to affect the development and deployment of carbon removal and how realistic these plans really are.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

1 hour

In this webinar, Brian F Snyder, Louisiana State University; John Noel, Greenpeace; and Deepika Nagabhushan, Clean Air Task Force discuss technological, economic and political issues associated with Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). In particular, the speakers touch on the costs of EOR and EOR with stacked storage from a project development perspective, the role for EOR relative to saline storage needed to scale up carbon capture projects, reasons why EOR should be entirely decoupled from the decarbonization agenda, and the role for a combination of policies in helping build out a carbon storage system. Questions that are to be addressed include: Can EOR facilitate investment in non-EOR storage? And what levels of carbon and oil prices are required to make either EOR or saline storage cost effective? Wil Burns, of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy moderates.

Mitigation Deterrence

1 hour

In this webinar Nils Markusson, Duncan McLaren, and Rebecca Willis of Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University UK present results from a project called “Assessing the Mitigation Deterrence effects of Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies”. Mitigation deterrence (MD) is where the pursuit of (for example) greenhouse gas removal (GGR) delays or deters other mitigation options. The project is aimed at analyzing such effects and explores under what conditions Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies can be used with as little risk of mitigation deterrence as possible. The link to the project this webinar is based on is: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/amdeg/

Direct Air Capture

1 hour

In this webinar, Jen Wilcox, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Christoph Beuttler, Climeworks; and Sahag Voskian, MIT will discuss the ins and outs of Direct Air Capture. David Morrow, Director of Research at the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy moderates. This webinar is part of a series explaining various carbon removal approaches.

Enhanced Mineral Weathering

1 hour

In this webinar, Wil Burns, Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy; Phil Renforth, Heriot Watt University; David Keller, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research; and Gregory Dipple, University of British Columbia discuss the ins and outs of Enhanced Mineral Weathering. This webinar is part of a series explaining various carbon removal approaches.

Governance of Marine Geoengineering

1 hour

In this webinar, Kerryn Brent, University of Adelaide; Wil Burns, Co-Director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy; and Jeffrey McGee, University of Tasmania discuss the potential role of marine climate geoengineering approaches such as ocean alkalinity enhancement and "blue carbon." Focusing on the governance of marine geoengineering research and deployment, along with potential risks of this approach, this webinar come on the heels of CIGI's Special Report on the topic authored by Brent, Burns, and McGee.

Communicating Carbon Removal

1 hour

In this webinar, Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern University, Angela Anderson, Union of Concerned Scientists, Jan Mazurek, ClimateWorks, and Hunter Cutting, Climate Nexus look at the challenges associated with communicating about the need for and options associated with carbon removal. This webinar is moderated by Simon Nicholson, co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy. This webinar comes on the heels of ICRLP's report, "The Carbon Removal Debate" that looks at how it is that carbon removal has suddenly appeared on the climate policy agenda, why the entire field needs additional scrutiny, and how to build a better carbon removal conversation.

The Brazilian Amazon Fires: What do they mean for climate

1 hour

Thousands of fires are burning across the Brazilian Amazon. What explains the fires, what do they mean for the climate, and what does the damage being wrought have to teach about global forest protection? In this webinar, Matthew Taylor, American University, Jason Funk, Land Use & Climate Knowledge Initiative, and Angelica Almeyda, University of Florida, provide an overview of what is happening in the Brazilian Amazon and will respond to your questions. The webinar is moderated by Simon Nicholson, co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy.

Soil-Based Carbon Removal

1 hour

Can healthy soils help the world tackle climate change? Soil holds three times the amount of carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere. And, methods of soil carbon sequestration are already in widespread use. But, how do we build the capacity to decide what kind and how much of a particular soil carbon removal effort is appropriate in any particular context? During this webinar, experts of soil carbon sequestration provide a scientific overview of this form of carbon removal as well as examine its benefits, risks, and uncertainties.

NAS Negative Emissions Reports

1 hour

This webinar is a review and discussion of the recent National Academies of Sciences Report on carbon removal, "Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda." What is the current state and potential for negative emissions technologies? What do we mean by and how do we conceptualize scale in addressing climate change? What are the impacts of carbon removal on land use and soil? These are just a few of the host of questions addressed in this webinar.

Potential Role of Carbon Removal in IPCC 1.5 Degree Report

1 hour

This webinar examines the treatment of carbon removal in the IPCC's special report, "Global Warming of 1.5C." What does the report say about the potential need for carbon removal? What does the report say about risks or reservations when it comes to carbon removal? What does the report say about the governance of carbon removal? How does the report classify carbon removal? 

What We Know and Don't Know about Negative Emissions

1 hour

This webinar is a systematic overview of negative emissions technologies. What is the current status of research? What are potential ethical considerations associated with the deployment of various negative emissions technologies? How to spur future innovation and upscale research for advancing utilization?