Large-scale Carbon Dioxide Removal and the Sustainable Development Goals

This topic aims to raise awareness of large-scale Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) techniques and their impacts on the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to an audience somewhat familiar with the basic concepts of CDR. It seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What are the potential implications (physical, socio-economic or political) of a possible deployment of CDR for delivering the SDGs?
  • What knowledge/research gaps exist around CDR and its potential implications for delivery of the SDGs?
  • What governance gaps need to be addressed to maximise positive impacts and minimise negative trade-offs with regards to the SDGs?
  • How might some of the governance challenges be considered or addressed in the context of current governance processes and mechanisms?


This Webinar will feature three ten-minute expert overviews of large-scale CDR approaches, and their impacts on the delivery of the SDGs. It will be followed by a half hour moderated Q&A session, during which audience members will be invited to submit written questions via the Zoom chat. Speakers include:

David Morrow / United States of America

Dr. David Morrow is Director of Research at the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy (ICRLP) at American University in Washington, DC, as well as a Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. His research focuses on normative issues in climate policy, including the ethics and governance of carbon removal. He leads ICRLP’s work on developing tools to assess the sustainability of various approaches to carbon removal. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. His most recent book,  Values in Climate Policy, came out in 2019.

Thelma Krug / Brazil

Thelma KrugThelma Krug is a senior researcher at the Earth Observation Coordination at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil, under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communication (MCTIC).

She holds a PhD on Spatial Statistics from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has been Deputy National Secretary at the Secretary on Policies and Programs of Science and Technology at MCTIC; National Secretary to the Secretary on Climate Change and Environmental Quality from the Ministry of the Environment (MMA); and more recently Director of the Department on Policies to Combat Deforestation at the MMA.

From 2002 until 2015, she co-chaired the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and in October 2015 was elected as one of the three Vice-Chairs of the IPCC. For more than 15 years she represented Brazil in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, particularly on issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), research and systematic observation and reporting guidelines. She has several publications related to climate change and forests, and has participated in the development of innovative methodologies for afforestation/reforestation under the Clean Development Mechanism. Her main areas of interest are climate change and the role of deforestation, forest degradation and land-use change; REDD+; national greenhouse gas inventories; and land-use change.

Matthias Honegger / Switzerland

Matthias Honegger is a research associate with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, climate policy consultant with Perspectives Climate Research, and PhD candidate at Utrecht University. After his Masters in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology he has worked on sectoral mitigation policies, national mitigation targets, UNFCCC negotiations and the emerging governance of geoengineering. Matthias researches differences in climate policy negotiators’ and observers’ views of solar geoengineering and carbon removal, their roots in diverging values and worldviews and the resulting tensions between popular expectations, economic models and actual policy planning and implementation. He is author and co-author on several articles, commentaries and reports on issues of policy design for carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management geoengineering and has led the first assessment of potential effects that deployment of such technologies could have on the pursuit of the entirety of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Moderator: Alia Hassan / France
Alia Hassan is an international relations expert, and an Outreach Officer at C2G in charge of engaging governments and intergovernmental organisations. With over 10 years of experience in Latin America and the Middle East, she specialises in sustainability, education and culture, and working with governments and international organisations to build strategic alliances. Before joining C2G, Alia worked with UNDP as Project Coordinator where she supported the Government of Ecuador’s efforts to strengthen the country’s climate change governance.

Alia holds a MSc Degree in Political Science from the University of Quebec in Montreal, and a BSc in Communication Science from the University of Montreal.

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