Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative

Policy Brief: Governing Large-scale Carbon Dioxide Removal

Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR), also known as negative emissions, aims to address the primary driver of climate change by removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and ensuring its long-term storage. If deployed at a large-scale, CDR could slow the rate of global warming and help prevent ocean acidification.

Removing CO2 is not a new idea. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has always considered mitigation to include both emission reductions and removals. What is new is the scale, nature and urgency of CDR now being considered, and what this means for its effective governance.

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