Solar Radiation Modification and the Sustainable Development Goals

This topic aims to raise awareness of potential large-scale deployment of proposed Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) technologies and their impacts on the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to an audience somewhat familiar with the basic concepts of SRM. It seeks to help participants to explore the following questions:​

  • What are the potential implications (physical, socio-economic or political) of a possible deployment of SRM for delivering the SDGs?
  • What knowledge/research gaps exist around SRM and its potential implications for delivery of the SDGs?
  • What governance gaps would 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 SRM 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:

Paulo Artaxo / Brazil
Paulo Artaxo is a professor of environmental physics at the Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil. He works on climatic effects of aerosols in Amazonia, looking at how the forest interacts with atmospheric processes. These include changes in the radiation balance, cloud properties and biogeochemical cycles. We study the process of generating natural biogenic aerosol particles as well as biomass burning emissions over Amazonia.
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.
Holly Buck / United States of America

Holly Buck is an Emmett Climate Engineering Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law for 2019-2020, and Assistant Professor of Sustainability and the Environment at University of Buffalo beginning Fall, 2020. Her research focuses on environmental sociology, science and technology studies, and international agriculture and rural development. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, her M.Sc. in Human Ecology from Lund University in Sweden, and her Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

Moderator: Qi Zheng / China

Qi ZHENG has over 8 years of experience working on climate change and development. She is an Outreach Officer at C2G in charge of engaging governments and intergovernmental organisations. Qi previously worked as programme manager for the UK Committee on Climate Change on a UK-China cooperation on climate risks. Prior to that, she spent 5 years in China working as policy officer on climate change for the British Embassy in Beijing and as campaign officer for Oxfam Hong Kong.

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