Global Carbon Project: Pathways to Paris with or without Negative Emissions

Future Earth Open Science Seminar

Friday 25th May 13:30
Linné room, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm

The leadership of the Global Carbon Project (GCP) are visiting Sweden and will through this seminar provide a unique opportunity to deep dive into pathways to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The focus will be on the role of so-called negative emissions, the active reduction of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, for instance through mechanical capture and underground storage. These technologies are fundamental for climate change models and most IPCC AR5 scenarios rely heavily on their adoption, still, most are in experimental stages and it's uncertain how much they can be scaled up without severe negative side effects. We will reflect on learnings from the International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions in Gothenburg, which ends on 24th May.

GCP is a large collective of researchers who collate information on the global state of emissions, sinks, and accumulation of the main greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The Global Carbon Budget and Global Methane Budget that are published regularly are keystone works for climate science and policy. The project leadership contains several of the world's leading climate researchers.

Speakers:
Prof. Detlef van Vuuren, PBL/Utrecht University
Dr. Sabine Fuss, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Panel:
Prof. Johan Rockström - Director, Stockholm Resilience Center
Prof. Robert Jackson, Stanford Woods Institute/Precourt Institute for Energy 
Prof. Detlef van Vuuren and Dr. Sabine Fuss, as above

Moderator 
Dr Erik Pihl, Science Officer, Future Earth

Prof. Detlef van Vuuren is a senior researcher at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and a professor in Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. Along with his modeling work, he is serving as science steering committee member of GCP and the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC). He has also contributed to IPCC assessments, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook, and other. In this seminar, he will be presenting his work on decarbonization scenarios, particularly his recently published article in Nature Climate Change (2018) that shows pathways achieving 1.5 degrees with limited use of negative emissions technologies.

Dr. Sabine Fuss, an economist by training, leads the working group on Sustainable Resource Management and Global Change at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. She is currently also engaged as science steering committee member of GCP and lead author of the IPCC 1.5°C degrees special report. Her presentation will give an overview of the current knowledge on negative emission technologies and discuss the role of negative emissions in scenarios.

The seminar will be held in English. This is an open seminar, we invite both researchers and non-researchers to attend, no sign-up required.