Hybrid Event: Achieving climate neutrality and the Paris Agreement goals: Opportunities for ocean-based methods of carbon dioxide removal (CDR)
Tuesday 25 October 2022, 12:00 – 14:00 CEST
Hybrid event organized at the European Parliament (Room ASP 5G1) & WebEx Events
Co-hosted by MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho
& MEP Catherine Chabaud
Co-Chairs of the ‘Ocean Governance’ Working Group of the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development‘
- Registrations for physical participation is not closed.
- If you would like to join the event online, please fill in the Online Attendance Registration Form.
Even with ambitious climate policies, humanity is still expected to release 5-15% of current carbon dioxide emissions in three decades, further driving global warming. One way out is to compensate by targeted carbon dioxide removal and storage. Many carbon capture and storage processes are land-based; since land is already a scarce resource, ocean-based approaches and processes are increasingly being researched.
A common challenge in many negative emission technologies is the difficulty of creating new global industries and supply chains. Therefore, there is a need to examine realistic deployment scenarios for the different methods by e.g. augmenting existing infrastructure. In addition, the technical, social, environmental and economic consequences of modifying current industries to increase greenhouse gas removal need to be identified, yet with implications that are relevant to the creation of new technologies. As a result, a multi-disciplinary and reflexive approach is key, especially when looking at the certification of carbon removal methods.
Given the potentially valuable contribution, but also controversial nature of ocean-based methods of carbon dioxide removal (CDR), this science-policy event aims at introducing a discussion around the societal, environmental, economic, and political implications of CDR methods, as well as important, necessary directions. As a result, this event organized under the umbrella of the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ invites Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, member states, and other interested stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, industry and academia, to address the previous results of OceanNETs and CDRmare, specifically looking at important background information for national, European and international political processes, agreements and regulations, such as the national Climate Protection Plan 2050, the IPCC reports, the COP27 negotiations and the European Commission’s initiative on ‘Certification of carbon removals’.
Event moderated by Minna Epps, Head of IUCN Ocean team
12:00 – 12:10 Opening remarks by MEP Maria Carvalho
12:10 – 12:25 Presentations by:
- David Keller, OceanNETs & CDRmare, GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, IOW, Germany: “The big picture behind ocean-based Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) & Negative Emission Technologies (NETs)“
- Dr. Alexander Proelß, OceanNETs & CDRmare, University of Hamburg, Germany: “Opportunities and challenges in governance, policy and international legal dimensions of ocean-based NETs”
12:25 – 13:05 Panel discussion with the participation of:
- Rodrigo Ataide, Policy Officer, A1 Unit on “Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment”, DG MARE, European Commission
- Alexa Mayer-Bosse, Head of Business Development & Origination, Agro & Weather Risks, Munich Re
- Antonia Leroy, Head of Ocean Policy, WWF European Policy Office
- Samantha Eleanor Tanzer, CDR Research & Technology Manager, BELLONA
- Dr. Andreas Oschlies, CDRmare & OceanNETs, GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
- Prof. Laurent Bopp, Research Director, CNRS
13:05 – 13:10 Reaction by MEP Barry Andrews
13:10 – 13:30 Q&A session with the audience
13:30 – 13:40 Closing remarks by:
- MEP Catherine Chabaud
- David Keller (scientific remarks)
13:40 – 14:00 Networking coffee