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Negative Emissions Technologies: Community Launch Event

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Venue: Royal Academy of Engineers, London SW1Y 5DG
Timing: 09:30 - 16:00

The UK is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. We need a transformation of the UK economy while ensuring secure, low carbon energy supplies to 2050, and face major choices about how to do this.

The Negative Emission Technology group has been established to stimulate and support the development of Negative Emission Technologies. Negative Emission Technologies are the deliberate manipulation of the environment to combat or counteract climate change. They are technologies which remove CO2 from the atmosphere in an attempt to avoid climate tipping points which would otherwise be triggered by the emissions that have already been produced.

Due to the nascent state of these technologies there are many challenges that still need to be addressed including; technical capacity and scalability, controllability, side effects, energy requirement and cost. It is hoped that by raising awareness of the potential for NET in meeting the UK’s carbon reduction targets future collaborations will solve these challenges and create new opportunities for the UK.

This event will provide your business/organisation with an overview of potential for NETs in the UK and will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities
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"Geoengineering – the problem of competing values in environmental and technological governance" by Prof Steve Rayner

Friday 1st March 2013

“Climate geoengineering" describes a broad range of potential, but as yet undeveloped, large-scale interventions in earth systems to counteract climate change. Even in the research stages, these technological “imaginaries” raise significant ethical issues, highlighting the problem of reconciling competing principles of trust, fairness and consent in the governance of large-scale technological and environmental risk.
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"Manipulating the planet: Is there a role for Negative Emissions Technologies in tackling climate change?" - Next Big Thing

Monday 25th February 2013

Geoengineering, or large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment, is championed as a potential solution to climate change. However, the various technologies remain largely unproven and the unintended consequences of using such techniques are essentially unknown. Opponents have argued they risk creating greater environmental problems and that they undermine ongoing efforts at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by creating illusions of a quick ‘technical fix’. Yet, on the current trajectory, global efforts to combat rising CO2 levels are falling dangerous short and scientists argue that we need to understand the possibilities of geoengineering and think seriously about how we govern this highly controversial research.

This London-based event is a collaboration between the Oxford Martin School, Policy Exchange
and Nesta
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-- Cancelled -- Geoengineering: Why We Need Due Diligence on the Science

-- Cancelled -- Geoengineering: Why We Need Due Diligence on the Science

Monday 11th February 2013

Professor Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist, The Met Office. Monday 11 February 14:00 - 15:00 Lindemann Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Building, Department of Physics, Parks Road, Oxford. OX1 3PU.
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Professor Peter Eisenberger

Seminar: Sucking CO2 Out of Thin Air: Global Thermostat – A Carbon Negative Solution

Monday 15th October 2012

Professor Peter Eisenberger and Professor Graciela Chichilnisky are the co-founders and managing directors of Global Thermostat – a company which is developing technology to capture carbon dioxide from ambient air. A seminar exploring the engineering aspects and the impacts such a technology would have on global climate negotiations will take place in the seminar room at the Oxford Martin School between 11:30 and 13:00 on Monday 15 October.
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