Carbon Dioxide Removal

2:10PM - 3:30PM

Carbon Dioxide Removal: Sucking Carbon Out of the Atmosphere

Scientists and policymakers are increasingly coming to view Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) as an essential but overlooked part of addressing climate change. The recent IPCC Special Report included some amount of carbon removal in all pathways consistent with 1.5 C of warming. This panel explores the role of carbon removal in the context of a broader mitigation portfolio, and provides an assessment of the challenges and tradeoffs of various technological approaches to carbon removal.

Kipp Coddington

Center for Advanced Energy Studies

Kipp Coddington is the Director, Energy Policy & Economics at the School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming. He is an expert on low-carbon technologies such as carbon capture & storage, and is a co-principal investigator on the University of Wyoming’s DOE-funded CarbonSAFE project in Gillette, Wyoming.

Kelly Levin

World Resources Institute

Kelly Levin is a senior associate with WRI’s global climate program. She focuses her work on supporting countries in the design and tracking of climate commitments, as well as planning for long-term transitions associated with decarbonization. She holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Colin McCormick

Valence Strategic

Colin McCormick is Partner and Chief Technologist at Valence Strategic, where he consults on direct air capture, carbon dioxide utilization, and other carbon management topics. He previously served as Senior Advisor for R&D in the Office of the Under Secretary at the Department of Energy.

Colin Cunliff

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Moderator)

Colin Cunliff is a senior policy analyst at ITIF, where he focuses on policies to accelerate clean energy innovation and address climate change. He previously worked at the DOE Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA), with a portfolio focused on energy sector resilience and emissions mitigation.

Ryan Edwards

AAAS STPF (Reporter)

Ryan Edwards works on energy and climate policy with a focus on carbon capture, utilization, and storage. Prior to his congressional fellowship, Ryan completed a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. His research included subsurface fluid flow modeling of hydraulic fracturing and geological carbon storage, and economic modeling of carbon capture deployment.

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