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C2G at COP25

UN Climate Change Conference
Madrid, Spain, 2-13 December 2019

Side event times and locations are subject to change; please check the screens for updates.

Is the world ready for large-scale CO2 removal?

PRESS CONFERENCE
Wednesday, 4 December 2019,
2:00-2:30PM, MOCHA Room

Governing emerging marine climate-altering techniques

SIDE EVENT
Saturday, 7 December 2019, 4:45-6:15PM, Side Event Room 2

Pathways to a sustainable future: governance of CO2 removal & mitigation strategies for industry

SIDE EVENT
Wednesday, 11 December 2019,
4:15pm-5:45pm, Room Brussels, EU Pavilion

C2G will also participate in the following side events 

Negative Emissions: The Emerging Debate

SIDE EVENT
Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 6:30-8:00PM, Hall 4, Side Event Room 1

“Nature-Based Solutions”: Best Practices and Cooperation to Address Climate Change

SIDE EVENT
Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 11:00AM-12:30PM, China Pavilion

Negative Emissions: Dialogue on Enabling Frameworks

SIDE EVENT
Friday, 6 December 2019, 2:00-3:00PM, Nordic Pavilion

The Atmosphere Restoration Accelerator: Creating a commercial market for greenhouse gas removal technologies

SIDE EVENT
Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:30AM-12:30PM, UK Pavilion

Envisioning a net-zero emissions world

SIDE EVENT
Monday, 9 December 2019, 2:00-3:00PM, IASS Dialogue and Reflection Space

Accelerating climate action in China’s Cities: drawing on a bottom up approach

SIDE EVENT
Friday, 13 December 2019, 3:00-4:30PM, WWF Pavilion

Is the world ready for large-scale CO2 removal?

PRESS CONFERENCE
Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 2:00 to 2:30PM, MOCHA Room

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More than 70 nations have committed to net zero emissions by 2050 or earlier, but is society fully aware of what that entails? The IPCC says achieving this requires not only big emissions cuts, but also removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a scale that has never been tried before.

Many CO2 removal approaches have been proposed, including nature-based solutions, and technological approaches. But none are ready to be deployed at the scale and the speed necessary, and in all cases would bring risks, costs, and trade-offs, as well as potential benefits. There is currently insufficient international governance to manage the difficult decisions ahead.

Governments and civil society are not paying sufficient attention to the challenge of governing CO2 removal at scale. At COP25, Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G) and leading experts will argue for more urgency in global discussions to plug the governance gaps in COremoval.

Panellists will each give a short statement, before the moderator opens the floor to questions.

  • What scale of COremoval is needed to meet Paris Agreement goals, and by when?
  • How big a role can nature play? What could be the co-benefits of CO2 removal?
  • How can policy makers balance the challenges of climate, biodiversity and food supply?
  • Why are governments and CSOs not giving CO2 removal the attention it requires, per the IPCC’s report?
  • How well do provisions under the UNFCCC, Paris Agreement and CBD address large-scale CO2 removal?
  • What governance gaps could or should be addressed as a matter of priority?
  • What are the respective roles of governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector?

For more information please contact Mark Turner (mturner@c2g2.net) or visit www.c2g2.net

Carbon Dioxide Removal

Nature-Based Solutions

Governing emerging marine climate-altering techniques

SIDE EVENT
Saturday, 7 December 2019, 4:45-6:15PM, Side Event Room 2

Governing climate-altering technologies in the marine environment

Working with partners, C2G will convene an official UNFCCC COP25 side event on governing emerging marine climate-altering techniques, to include participants from the government of Indonesia, as well as from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Action Network International (CAN International) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).

The research and potential use of marine climate-altering techniques are being discussed in the context of the Paris agreement and the ocean’s role in achieving it. None of these techniques is ready at scale. All pose significant technological and governance challenges, which need to be addressed and require the attention of stakeholders.

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Pathways to a sustainable future:
governance of CO2 removal & mitigation strategies for industry

SIDE EVENT
Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:15-5:45PM, Room Brussels, EU Pavilion

Governing large-scale carbon dioxide removal

Co-convened with CO2GeoNet and ImplementaSur, this event will examine the key role for CO2 Capture and Storage in large-scale emission reductions and removals. This side event will focus on pathways to low carbon cement and steel in Latin America. We will also offer new insights into potential market and policy mechanisms to scale up greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and carbon dioxide removal to support sustainable growth.

C2G will also participate in the following side events 

Negative Emissions: The Emerging Debate

SIDE EVENT
Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 6:30-8:00PM, Hall 4, Side Event Room 1

Removal of CO2 or “negative emissions technologies” are increasingly acknowledged as critical to avoiding dangerous climate change. The IPCC considers their use for all scenarios that limit warming to 1.5°C. However, experience with actual implementation is very limited and many questions on the economic, technological and social viability, together with governance needs, remain open. Join us at COP25 to discuss the issues with a range of leading actors from across the carbon removals debate. The event is held inside the Blue Zone of COP25, with access only to accredited participants. This event is organised via a consortium including: Perspectives Climate Research, Climate Strategies and Mälardalen University, Sweden.

C2G Executive Director Janos Pasztor will be one of the speakers at this event, and will give a presentation on “Political and governance challenges surrounding Carbon Dioxide Removal”.

Negative Emissions: Dialogue on Enabling Frameworks

SIDE EVENT
Friday, 6 December 2019, 2:00-3:00PM, Nordic Pavilion

Negative emissions are increasingly acknowledged as critical to avoiding dangerous climate change. Yet there are few examples of the enabling frameworks to achieve carbon dioxide removal at a significant scale. Join us in the Nordic Pavilion at COP25 as actors from across the carbon removals debate share their perspective on the role of governance in scaling up negative emissions. The event will explore best practice examples from the Nordic region, and from across the World. This event is organised via a consortium including: Perspectives Climate Research, Climate Strategies and Mälardalen University, Sweden.

C2G Executive Director Janos Pasztor will be one of the speakers at this event.

Envisioning a net-zero emissions world

SIDE EVENT
Monday, 9 December 2019, 2:00 to 3:00PM, IASS Dialogue and Reflection Space

This dialogue and reflection session will seek to spark among participants collective envisioning of a net-zero emissions world, in which any residual emissions after dramatic reductions are counterbalanced by various natural and technological removals. Achieving this world will require change across much of societies’ functioning and a strong collective will that is backing decisive policy action and far-reaching innovative governance measures. To get there, we need to start by imagining it. Janos Pasztor from C2G and Matthias Honegger from Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) will jointly facilitate the session.

“Nature-Based Solutions”: Best Practices and Cooperation to Address Climate Change

SIDE EVENT
Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 11:00AM-12:30PM, China Pavilion

Representatives from governmental organisations, international NGOs, research institutes, as well as environmental foundations are invited to discuss and share good practices of nature-based solutions (NBS) in the process of addressing climate change and pursuing sustainable development. The event is aimed to facilitate the dialogue and knowledge sharing on NBS; to consolidate the achievements of the Climate Action Summit and to improve international cooperation on NBS for a more sustainable world.

C2G Executive Director of Janos Pasztor will be a speaker at this event, hosted by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of China and organised by the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC).

The Atmosphere Restoration Accelerator: Creating a commercial market for greenhouse gas removal technologies

SIDE EVENT
Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 11:30AM to 12:30PM, UK Pavilion

Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) technologies such as Afforestation and Direct Air Capture are likely to play a critical role in achieving net-zero emissions.  The scaling of these technologies in line with climate model requirements has the potential to be a multi-trillion pound industry. This session explores how to create a commercial market for GGR.

C2G Director of Knowledge Management Nicholas Harrison will be a speaker at this event.

Accelerating climate action in China’s Cities: drawing on a bottom up approach

SIDE EVENT
Friday, 13 December 2019, 3:00-4:30PM, WWF Pavilion

C2G Director of Knowledge Management Nicholas Harrison will be a speaker at this event, with a presentation focusing on “Cities and the future of Carbon Dioxide Removal”.

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