Comment | Published:

The challenge of carbon dioxide removal for EU policy-making

Nature Energyvolume 3pages350352 (2018) | Download Citation

Most scenarios to meet the Paris Agreement require negative emissions technologies. The EU has assumed a global leadership role in mitigation action and low-carbon energy technology development and deployment, but carbon dioxide removal presents a serious challenge to its low-carbon policy paradigm and experience.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1.

    Smith, P. et al. Nat. Clim. Change 6, 42–50 (2016).

  2. 2.

    Peter, G. P. Nat. Clim. Change 6, 646–649 (2016).

  3. 3.

    Van Vuuren, D. P. et al. Nat. Energy 2, 902–904 (2017).

  4. 4.

    Peters, G. P. & Geden, O. Nat. Clim. Change 7, 619–621 (2017).

  5. 5.

    Solano Rodriguez, B., Drummond, P. & Ekins, P. Clim. Policy 17, 93–110 (2016).

  6. 6.

    Bollen, J. & Aalbers, R. Biomass-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage Should Be Used Immediately (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, 2017).

  7. 7.

    Burns, T. R., Calvo, D. & Carson, M. Paradigms in Public Policy: Theory and Practice of Paradigm Shifts in the EU (Peter Lang, 2009).

  8. 8.

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Towards Green Growth (OECD Publishing, 2011).

  9. 9.

    West, J. J. et al. Nat. Clim. Change 3, 885–889 (2013).

  10. 10.

    Duscha, V. et al. Energy Policy 95, 314–323 (2016).

  11. 11.

    Heyward, C. Polit. Sci. Polit. 46, 23–27 (2013).

  12. 12.

    Fischer, S. & Geden, O. Moving Targets: Negotiations on the EU’s Energy and Climate Policy Objectives for the Post-2020 Period and Implications for the German Energy Transition (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, 2014).

  13. 13.

    Renewable Energy Progress Report COM(2017) 57 Final (European Commission, 2017).

  14. 14.

    Bosch, R., van de Pol, M. & Philp, J. Nature 523, 526–528 (2015).

  15. 15.

    Roni, M. S. et al. Renew. Sustain. Energ. Rev. 78, 1089–1101 (2017).

  16. 16.

    Scott, V. Energy Policy 54, 66–71 (2013).

  17. 17.

    Scott, V. et al. Nat. Clim. Change 3, 105–111 (2013).

  18. 18.

    Pye, S. et al. Nat. Energy 2, 17024 (2017).

  19. 19.

    Sanchez, D. L. & Kammen, D. M. Nat. Energy 1, 15002 (2016).

  20. 20.

    Honegger, M. & Rainer, D. Clim. Policy 18, 306–321 (2018).

  21. 21.

    Geden, O. WIREs Clim. Change 7, 790–797 (2016).

  22. 22.

    Stewart, R. J. et al. Greenh. Gases Sci. Technol. 4, 481–494 (2014).

Download references

Acknowledgements

The work of V.S. is supported in part by the UK Natural Environment Research Council GHG Removal Programme (NE/P019749/1).

Author information

Affiliations

  1. School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

    • Vivian Scott
  2. EU/Europe Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany

    • Oliver Geden
  3. Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS), University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

    • Oliver Geden

Authors

  1. Search for Vivian Scott in:

  2. Search for Oliver Geden in:

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Oliver Geden.

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-018-0124-1

Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing