As debate over carbon removal intensifies, the US steps up funding

A U.N. panel has expressed concern that carbon-removal technologies aren’t ready to scale. But the U.S. government is spending big bucks to support the industry.

On The Carbon Copy podcast this week:

As the carbon dioxide removal industry grows, engineered solutions such as direct air capture are getting more attention.

According to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, novel methods for carbon dioxide removal are now necessary to meet the Paris climate targets. 

But another U.N. body, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, recently sparked controversy by concluding in draft language that engineering-based removal activities…pose unknown environmental and social risks.” That language could have ramifications for how carbon removal gets considered in upcoming international climate negotiations.

Amid the debate over the role of carbon removal, the U.S. government is stepping up with some large investments in direct air capture hubs and research and development support for novel technologies, creating a positive signal for the market.

This week, Savvy Bowman, a program manager at ClearPath, joins us to explain what this all means for the future of carbon removal technologies and policies.

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