Negative Emissions: potentials and challenges

Negative Emissions: potentials and challenges

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Most proposals to limit global temperature rises to well below 2°C rely on 'negative emissions' - the removal of carbon from the atmosphere. Scenario analyses suggest that negative emissions technologies (NETs) are necessary to limit dangerous warming. 

In this seminar, we will explore three of these technologies:

  1. Forest ecosystem restoration: looking at the social, environmental and climate benefits of forest restoration.
  2. Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS): investigating the sustainability of different BECCS options.
  3. Soil carbon as mitigation: also addressing the difficulties in achieving net negative greenhouse balances with soil carbon accumulation and the impacts of climate change on carbon stocks.


Event Location: 
Australian-German Climate and Energy College
187 Grattan Street Level 1
3053 Carlton , VIC
Australian-German Climate and Energy College

Kate Dooley is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, researching the environmental integrity of terrestrial carbon accounting, and the equity implications of land-based climate mitigation, including the use of 'negative emissions'. Previously Kate has worked in Europe and Africa on forest governance reforms and illegal logging, and has followed negotiations on forests in the UN climate talks since 2009.

University of Melbourne

Nasim Pour is completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her research investigates sustainability of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) as carbon removal technology. In her research, Nasim applies environmental and techno-economic analyses to assess the feasibility and sustainability of different BECCS options. Her project focuses on potentials and challenges for using organic wastes as resource for BECCS.

Australian-German Climate and Energy College

Rachelle Meyer's research interests include adaptation and mitigation in the land sector. For her recently subitted PhD thesis, she used a whole-farm system modelling approach to quantify the agro-ecosystem benefits and mitigation implications of soil carbon in grazing systems in western Victoria. This included calculating net greenhouse gas balances and investigating the impact of climate change on the potential of soil carbon as a mitigation option.

Web tools and Projects we developed

  • Open-NEM

    The live tracker of the Australian electricity market.

  • Paris Equity Check

    This website is based on a Nature Climate Change study that compares Nationally Determined Contributions with equitable national emissions trajectories in line with the five categories of equity outlined by the IPCC.

  • liveMAGICC Climate Model

    Run one of the most popular reduced-complexity climate carbon cycle models online. Used by IPCC, UNEP GAP reports and numerous scientific publications.

  • NDC & INDC Factsheets

    Check out our analysis of all the post-2020 targets that countries announced under the Paris Agreement.