Take a look at Carbon Removals at COP, a dedicated online platform for events, daily commentary, news and thinking during COP27 and beyond.
November 1, 2022: A virtual pavilion dedicated to carbon removals has today been launched ahead of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (‘COP27’) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Carbon Removals at COP will stream events and publish daily commentary on carbon removals during the international climate conference, which starts later this week (November 6-18).
Curated by the Climate Champions Team, Carbon Gap, Open Air Collective, Rethinking Removals, Direct Air Capture Coalition, Carbon Business Council and other partners, Carbon Removals at COP will provide regular updates on the latest thinking and developments around carbon removal during COP27. The platform will list physical and virtual events focused on carbon removals and live stream events to widen access to a global audience.
Carbon removal is rising in prominence on the international stage. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has repeatedly affirmed that billions of tons of carbon removal are needed to avoid climate disaster and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Rather than competing with emissions reduction and climate change adaptation, carbon removal is increasingly seen as a vital and complementary third pillar of climate action.
The political importance of carbon removals is also increasing. Some countries in the Global South have signalled that developed countries should commit to cleaning up their historic emissions. The UNFCCC released a call for public input to shape how carbon removal fits into Article VI of the Paris Agreement (focused on voluntary carbon markets). The U.S. recently committed billions of dollars in funding to carbon removal, and countries are looking at the role it will play in their Nationally Determined Contributions.
There are more than 30 carbon removal events taking place during COP27, which include:
The carbon removal community is vibrant and fast-growing. It includes Global South climate activists, policy-makers, tech companies, carbon market developers and leaders in hard-to-abate industries. We need a multi-pronged approach on a massive scale to ensure carbon removal is done effectively, fairly and responsibly.
As part of its efforts to promote a diversity of voices and technologies within the carbon removals industry, the Carbon Removals at COP platform has provided support to develop event concepts, identify and get speakers, livestream events and amplify messages.
To access the virtual pavilion, head to: http://carbonremovals.org/
Gabrielle Walker, Co-Founder of Rethinking Removals said: “Getting carbon removals to scale with the quality and speed we need will take massive collaboration across the entire climate movement. This is a task for everyone who cares about closing the emissions gap and keeping 1.5 alive. Carbon Removals at COP is putting that into action.”
Aaron Benjamin, UK and Europe Coalition Lead at the DAC Coalition said: “As the impacts of the climate crisis become increasingly evident and severe, large scale carbon removal, alongside rapid and sustained decarbonization strategies, will be an essential element of meeting our climate goals. The Carbon Removals at COP platform is the perfect conduit for raising the profile of this issue on the international stage while allowing those in the diverse carbon removal community of practice to stay connected throughout COP.”
Megha Raghavan, Senior Advocate at Open Air Collective said: “Carbon Removals at COP seeks to increase the awareness and legitimacy of carbon removals during COP27. The science is clear, carbon removal is now an essential part of the urgent climate solution. The good news is that there is an active and diverse carbon removal ecosystem and our mission at COP27 is to shine a light on this so we can get carbon removals firmly on the COP agenda.”
Ben Rubin, Executive Director of Carbon Business Council said: “With the multitude of carbon removal events at COP27, Carbon Removals at COP is a community resource to centralise all of this information in one place. The Carbon Business Council is honoured to be a partner in this effort as the global community comes together in Egypt to advance all three pillars of climate action: reducing emissions, preparing for impacts, and removing legacy emissions.”
Ashleigh Arton, Carbon Removals Lead at Climate Champions Team said: “Carbon Removals at COP is centred on our core values: science driven, equity focused and inclusive, empowering and hopeful, urgent and pragmatic. It is crucial that removals are about more than just sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere. Removals must support the goals of communities; restoring health, providing economic vitality, regenerating ecosystems, promoting social and environmental justice whilst increasing our resilience to the effects of climate change. The virtual pavilion provides the space to engage with and explore all aspects of carbon removals with our values front and centre.”
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In June, TED Countdown hosted a Dilemma Session in New York focusing on the role of carbon credits in climate action. Gabrielle Walker and Delia Meth-Cohn of Rethinking Removals joined forces with Julio Friedmann (Carbon Direct) and Eli Mitchell-Larson (Carbon Gap) to design and present a workshop on carbon removals. We were aiming to focus on understanding quality criteria such as additionality and durability - but we started by looking at why we see carbon removals as a source of hope for climate action, not as climate denial or and moral hazard.
Here, Delia takes us through the stages of that event.