Potential for Negative Emissions

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A sustainable energy future requires strategies to allow the use of energy while enabling the near­term stabilisation and, ideally, reduction of GHG concentrations in the atmosphere. Society needs to be informed of the potential risks and opportunities associated with the mitigation options in order to decide which are the best for dealing with climate change. In addition to decarbonising energy use and food production, afforestation, ?negative emissions technologies? ­­ such as bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS), afforestation and soil carbon sequestration ­­ have been proposed as methods to actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Now at an early stage, this EPA­funded, climate change research project aims: to provide a detailed and rigorous assessment of the scale and speed of negative emissions technology deployment that is required by currently envisaged decarbonisation pathways (globally and nationally), consistent with the Paris agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to ?well below +2°C? over pre­industrial; to evaluate the options and capacity for Ireland itself to directly contribute to such deployment; and to provide an evidence base (including energy­carbon modelling and bioenergy yield and lifecycle assessment) for assessing the risks attaching to reliance on such presumptive future technology deployment in designing current (5­15 year) decarbonisation policy measures. In particular, the project will focus on identifying early research or policy actions that could significantly reduce the uncertainties attaching to the feasibility and costs of negative emissions technology, both globally and nationally.

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Barry McMullin
Dublin City University

Michael Jones
Department of Botany, Trinity College Dublin

Alwynne McGeever
Department of Botany, Trinity College Dublin

Paul Price
Dublin City University

Paul Rice
Department of Botany, Trinity College Dublin

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Att 1    Terrestrial-Capacity-NETs-IE-AAM.pdf   (0.28 Mb)
Att 2    Terrestrial-Capacity-NETs-IE-Supplementary.xlsx   (0.4 Mb)
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Att 4    Citizens-Assembly-Climate-Action-2017-08-11-ie-nets.pdf   (0.16 Mb)
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Author(s)McMullin, B. Jones, M. McGeever, A. Price, P. Rice, P.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationPotential for Negative Emissions
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=d5dfeea3-1092-11e7-b825-005056ae0019
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-23

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SAFER-Data Display URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=3149
Resource Keywordsclimate change, negative emission technologies, Paris Agreement, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, deep decarbonisation, land­use, global carbon budget
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2016 ­CCRP­ MS.36
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeClimate Change
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceNONE
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 8
Project Start Date Monday 6th February 2017 (06-02-2017)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 3rd March 2017 (03-03-2017)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 1st September 2019 (01-09-2019)
Published on SAFERFriday 24th March 2017 (24-03-2017)
Date of Last EditMonday 13th January 2020 at 10:51:57 (13-01-2020)
Datasets or Files Updated On Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 18:33:26 (27-03-2019)

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The EPA-funded project, 2016 ­CCRP­ MS.36 Potential for Negative Emissions in Ireland is a direct response to the Paris Agreement given the need to align climate policy action with the agreements temperature goals. Climate modelling shows that even with rapid decarbonisation so-called negative emissions will be needed to achieve carbon dioxide removal.
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A comprehensive, critical literature review was undertaken followed by modelling of: land-use yield for short rotation bioenergy crops; life cycle assessment of bioenergy GHG emissions and assessing feasible bioproduction land-use in Ireland; and the role of negative emission technology in deep-decarbonisation pathways for the Irish energy system.
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