Climate and Removals Research

Confronting mitigation deterrence in low-carbon scenarios, Environmental Research Letters

This paper from the Grantham Institute and Imperial College London addresses the moral hazard issue – that focusing on carbon removals can dilute incentives to reduce emissions, but failure to deploy removals requires even steeper reduction curves. The paper finds evidence that mitigation deterrence can occur, and recommends formally separating out targets and strategies for reductions and removals.