Technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, called carbon removal or negative emissions, have a critical role in fighting climate change. But their feasibility has been in question, especially at large scale. Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy held a forum at the National Press Club to discuss new research about the range of carbon removal options, focusing on ecosystem stewardship and approaches that combine bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

A research brief, news story and media coverage related to the forum can be found here. View a full video of the event in the player below.

Panelists evaluated near-term opportunities for deployment across the US. Policy levers include tax credits just revised by Congress in the 2018 Budget Act. These incentives support sequestration of CO2 in geologic storage and make carbon capture from ethanol production facilities profitable. Overall, the discussion will rightsize expectations for carbon removal in ambitious climate responses, spanning from constraints at large-scale through to opportunities that exist now. 

Bob Perciasepe, President of the Center for Climate Energy Solutions (C2ES), provided keynote comments and joined a panel comprised of  Sally Benson, Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University; Katharine Mach, Senior Research Scientist, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University and Daniel Sanchez, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. The panel was moderated by Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Stanford University.

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The panelists and other scholars are creating a body of research on both near-term opportunities for and long-term challenges associated with carbon removal technologies.

This event is part of the Stanford Environment and Energy Panel Series, convened by Stanford University's environmental and energy research institutes, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, to highlight pressing environmental and energy challenges and risks. Follow the conversation from these events on Twitter at: #StanfordEandE