If you’ve been following Zopeful a while you’ll know we’re big fans of the potential of emerging carbon removal solutions. It’s an exciting space with huge promise to be an important tool in tackling The Climate Crisis.
Recent announcements have added even more hope and focus to the potential they offer. It’s a hot topic that’s only getting hotter!
It’s important to say that they’re not the whole answer to the challenge of climate change. It’s not a silver bullet on its own. When combined with sustained reductions, Carbon Removal will become a key part of our collective efforts over the next few years and beyond.
While the bulk of tackling human-caused climate change needs to come from decarbonizing most of what we do, use, buy and sell; in all scenarios that keep warming to 2 degrees celsius or less we’re going to also need to remove a load of carbon from the atmosphere. It’s what the science shows us we need to do.
As a group of methods and technologies to truly pull out and store emissions for as long as possible, Carbon Removal offers a huge potential for us to manage the levels of carbon dioxide, and limit climate change in line with the safer zone of 1.5 to 2 degree Celsius average temperature rise. Where the science tells us we need to keep within.
We’re going to need something like 5 to 10 billion tonnes of carbon removal per year by 2050 to do this. At present we’re in the tens of thousands of tonnes per year. We’ve a long way to go and no time to waste. The inspiring news is we can do it.
That’s the truth. So what’s next?
At present the majority of offsets and credits you can buy — whether a company or individual — will be avoidance of emissions. We’ve talked about this before, so we won’t go too deep here. They’re often low cost and equally of low quality and effectiveness.
This is going to change as we further develop, deploy and scale a range of carbon removal solutions.
While carbon removal is more expensive than avoidance offsets, removal solutions actually work in the way we need. Whether nature-based, tech-enabled or fully tech based there’s full suite of options emerging that offer great permanence, durability, additionality as well as many with biodiversity and wider co-benefits.
We’re excited to show you some new things, all about Carbon Removal, that we’ve been working on.
We’d love you to join us in digging deeper and supporting this crucial emerging set of solutions that work to genuinely remove carbon and store it away, where it can’t contribute to heating the planet for hundreds or thousands of years.
More details coming soon! Join now and you’ll be among the first to know.
Have hope, make progress 💚
Adam & Team Zopeful