Most proposals to meet the Paris Agreement aspiration of limiting global temperature rises to below 1.5° Celsius rely on the removal of carbon from the atmosphere - ‘negative emissions’.
This is NOT carbon trading as it needs to be done AS WELL AS, not instead of emissions cuts in other sectors.
The only scientifically proven way to do this is to protect and restore degraded forests so they become carbon sinks.
Some claim that in the future it could be done through geo-engineering, for instance by burning bioenergy, capturing the carbon released, and pumping it into underground geological reservoirs. This is known as Bioenergy, Carbon, Capture and Storage (BECCS).
Fern believes there are three main risks in relying on geo-engineering projects:
- They are used as an excuse to keep burning fossil fuels despite unproven benefits
- They will have unacceptable ecological and social impacts if used at an industrial scale
- They cannot ensure stored carbon is not released through human or natural forces, including climate change.
Fern is working with ecologists, climate scientists and civil society to ensure restoration projects involve affected communities, take biodiversity into account and are based on sound climate science.
Negative emissions related resources
A Green New Deal for Forests
Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, has promised to deliver a European Green Deal in her first 100 days in office. For such a deal to truly tackle the challenges of climate change, it will need to ensure healthy growing forests inside and outside of Europe that are good for people, our climate and nature.
EU must heed the world’s most authoritative science panel and rethink its use of land and forests in climate emergency
The European Union (EU) must rethink how it uses land and forests in the fight against climate breakdown in the light of today’s special report on Land and Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
EU Forests of Hope
How community restoration and management of forests can help meet climate goals
Rapid action on forests is needed, but EU leaders fail to address urgency of climate crisis
Today EU leaders have failed to address the urgent need for climate action, unable to agree on net-zero emissions by 2050. Instead Council conclusions aim for carbon neutrality “in line with the Paris Agreement” without including...