Large-scale Carbon Dioxide Removal:
Gaps in governance

This topic aims to inform climate change professionals on the existing international processes that address the governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) approaches. It will identify governance gaps that may be needed to maximise positive impacts and minimise negative trade-offs, and governance priorities that may be addressed in the near term.


This unit aims to inform climate change professionals on the existing international processes that address the governance of CDR. It will identify governance gaps and challenges that exist for large-scale CDR, and governance priorities that need to be addressed in the near term to maximise positive impacts and minimise negative trade-offs in limiting warming to 1.5°C. 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:

Claire Fyson / United Kingdom

Claire works between Climate Analytics’ policy, science and diplomacy teams, with a focus on the NDC ambition, carbon dioxide removal and the land-use sector. Claire has provided scientific support to SIDS during negotiations under the UNFCCC and the IPCC. She also contributes to briefings made by the Climate Action Tracker. In addition to her work on the C2G/Climate Analytics study “Governing  large-scale carbon dioxide removal: are we ready?”, Claire has recently authored a paper on equity considerations and responsibility for CDR. Prior to joining Climate Analytics, she worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), where she used emissions data to analyse countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), including how they incorporate land-use, land-use change and forestry. In addition to her scientific background, she has substantial experience in climate and energy policy, having completed a traineeship in the European Commission’s Secretariat General and undertaken research in low carbon energy innovation and renewable energy cost models.

M.J. Mace / United States of America

M. J. Mace is a lawyer and independent consultant, specialising in international environmental law. M.J. has provided legal advice and assistance to Small Island Developing States in the international climate change negotiations for over 15 years. She has participated in negotiations on adaptation funding, loss and damage, mitigation, emissions trading and targets for the Kyoto Protocol’s second commitment period as well as negotiations on the rule book for the Paris Agreement and in particular its Article 6. M.J. was an author on the C2G/Climate Analytics study “Governing large-scale carbon dioxide removal: are we ready?” and has written articles for various publications on climate-related issues. Previously, she has served on the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee, taught the Climate Law and Policy LLM course at University of London-SOAS, headed the Climate Change and Energy Programme at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) in London, served as an Assistant Attorney General for the National Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, and worked an Associate at Skadden Arps, where she practiced environmental law and international trade law.

Moderator: Nicholas Harrison / United Kingdom

Nicholas Harrison is C2G’s Director of Knowledge Management. He brings 20 years’ experience working across Europe and internationally on sustainable development and climate change governance and implementation.

Prior to joining C2G, Harrison served as an adviser on climate action in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, supporting delivery and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Before this, as a senior consultant at Ecofys, he coordinated global teams of experts delivering high-profile international research assessments and analysis on climate change, sustainable energy, and low emissions development

In previous roles, Harrison served as an adviser on climate change and strategic intelligence for the UK Department of International Development, Department of Communities and Local Government, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He began his career in environmental engineering, moving into communications to promote renewable energy technologies, followed by various roles in city, regional, and national government, improving the use of data and evidence to deliver more sustainable development.

Harrison has written and presented widely on climate change and sustainable development, served on the Sustainable Communities committee of the British Standards Institution (BSI) and worked extensively to promote integrated multi-level governance and the role of cities, states, and other non-state actors in climate action.

He holds an MSc in organisational psychology from City University, London, is a fellow of LEAD International and the Norfolk Charitable Trust, and is an independent expert for the Climate KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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C2G strives to achieve a diversity of views and backgrounds across all its events. To that end, it is always open to feedback and suggestions regarding future participants and topics, to ensure a range of perspectives by sector, gender, race, geography, age and other dimensions. It will not always achieve the necessary diversity in all circumstances due to issues of availability and familiarity, but aims over time to expand the range of contributors able to address its issuessubject to the broad principles outlined in its mission statement.  

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