On the ground lessons from the world’s first commercial DAC plant


by Danny Broberg, PhD, senior policy analyst at Bipartisan Policy Center and Lucia D. Simonelli, PhD, senior policy fellow at Carbon180

It’s an overcast day in early September, and we’re huddled in a crowd of 150 people from vastly different geographies and backgrounds just outside of Reykjavik, Iceland to witness…

Developing a holistic framework for evaluating BECCS projects

by Meron Tesfaye, PhD, senior policy fellow

After spending a year digging into bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) through my fellowship at Carbon180, it’s clearer to me than ever how urgently we need to scale carbon removal. The latest IPCC report is an undeniable call to decarbonize our…

Burning issues in BECCS and forestry

by Meron Tesfaye, PhD, senior policy fellow and Maya Glicksman, policy advisor

​​Trees are a key piece of the carbon removal puzzle—both as they grow and after they’re harvested. Recently, the use of wood pellets (portable, compacted sawdust) in the UK and EU’s renewable energy production portfolio has been steadily…

We can optimize policy design for jobs and the climate equitably

by Mohammed Gueye, Carbon180 intern

As a Carbon180 intern and recent architecture graduate, I see a crucial window of opportunity for climate policy and the building materials industry. Manufacturing building materials — including the brick, concrete, and steel that surrounds us — requires extremely emissions intensive processes with complex, decentralized…

Here’s how we can center equity and justice in a carbon-removing future

Climate change already touches every corner of our lives and BIPOC, low-income, and other frontline communities are unfairly bearing the brunt of these adverse impacts. The climate crisis has highlighted the disparities across groups that continue to worsen under existing power structures and incremental climate action.

However, this crisis can…

Champions and skeptics alike gathered last week to explore the entire portfolio of carbon removal pathways. Here’s what you missed.

Last week, Carbon180 hosted a webinar titled Zero, Then Negative, spun out of our eponymous congressional policy blueprint. We welcomed an expert panel of the boldest thinkers in carbon removal, including Microsoft’s carbon program manager Elizabeth Willmott, Stripe’s head of climate Nan Ransohoff, Carbon180’s deputy director of policy Ugbaad Kosar…

The popular bipartisan bill — which just passed in the Senate — is a reminder that we need to better understand soil carbon sequestration

by Giana Amador, co-founder and policy director

As extreme temperatures and severe drought bombard farmers across the US, S.1251, the Growing Climate Solutions Act, passed last week in the Senate. With a vote of 92–8, the bill represents rare bipartisan alignment on climate and agriculture and will move onto a…

Carbon removal can be found throughout the budget, and we’ve got an agency-by-agency breakdown

by Giana Amador, policy director

Our team has been busy parsing through the pages of the FY22 budget and justifications, identifying funding for carbon removal across federal agencies. From here, Congress will choose how to fulfill this budget through the appropriations process. The budget is ambitious and showcases the role…

Let’s not lose the forest for the trees

Image: Ben Neale

by Maya Glicksman, policy advisor and Ugbaad Kosar, deputy director of policy

As technological carbon removal has garnered widespread attention, one response resurfaces again and again: Why complicate climate solutions with expensive, experimental technology when Earth’s most efficient carbon removal machines already exist in nature? …

The FY22 President’s Budget is a milestone for federal investment in carbon removal. There is funding across multiple agencies — including the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Department of Interior (DOI) — to support and scale multiple carbon removal pathways, as well as money for procurement of low carbon materials. This is the first time we’ve seen carbon removal called out at this level and the first time this field has had a dedicated budget line.

Importantly, this funding for carbon removal is oriented around meeting ambitious climate goals. We’re also excited to see the most significant discretionary investment from any administration in environmental justice; equity and justice should be at the center of any major climate and carbon removal effort.

— Erin Burns, executive director

Update: Find our full analysis of the budget here.


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