Climate and Removals Research

Reaching climate objectives: the role of carbon dioxide removals

This consultation paper is an attempt to assess the appropriate and feasible role of carbon removals in 1.5DC pathways by quantifying ‘remaining’ emissions from hard-to-abate sectors. It makes an interesting distinction between emissions from energy use/manufacturing and from agriculture/land-use – effectively ringfencing natural removals to the latter. ETC estimates that, cumulatively, around 200 Gt of carbon dioxide would need to be removed by 2050.