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Negative emission technologies: what role in meeting Paris Agreement targets?

The objective of the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 is clear: to limit global warming to well below 2° C compared with pre-industrial values in order to prevent uncontrollable consequences of climate change. Since CO2 contributes significantly to warming, the so-called negative emission technologies were so far attributed a great importance in the reduction of greenhouse gases. These technologies include, among others, afforestation, carbon-friendly agriculture or direct air capture with carbon storage.

EASAC report "Negative emission technologies: what role in meeting Paris Agreement targets?"
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However, a report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) now warns: None of the negative emission technologies has the potential to remove large enough quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere to achieve the 2-degree target. EASAC therefore calls on all actors in Europe to strengthen measures against global warming, among others by rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Edition / Volume: EASAC Policy Report, 35
Pages: 41
Standard identifier: 978-3-8047-3841-6