Climate experts discuss what's next for greenhouse gas removal

09 October 2015


A conference in response to the growing need for action to limit global warming to below 2 degrees was hosted last week by the Oxford Martin School.

The Oxford Greenhouse Gas Removal Conference, a three day event, which took place from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October, brought together climate experts from across the fields of academia, charity, and business, to discuss the status of current greenhouse gas removal technologies, and make recommendations for the future.

Participants included the University of Oxford’s Ray Pierrehumbert, who led a discussion on the role of negative emissions in climate models, Stuart Haszeldine (Edinburgh), who headed a panel on constraints on greenhouse gas removal, and Tim Lenton (Exeter) who looked at the land-use impacts of CO2 removal.

A key focus of the event was consideration of the outcomes and lessons of existing research, as well as a showcase of some of the technologies currently in development.

Myles Allen, of the Oxford Martin Safe Carbon Initiative, led a discussion on designing a policy and research framework, and, as a result of the 3 day conference, a policy document was drafted with recommendations for the future of carbon sequestration, and greenhouse gas removal more widely.