Workshop at Chatham House

Prof Dr Florian Kapmeier presenting on Risks of Negative Emissions Technologies at London Climate Action Week

The first London Climate Action Week in July was well attended by leading climate researchers and many other actors in this field. Prof. Dr. Florian Kapmeier, Professor for Strategy at ESB Business School, was invited to co-facilitate a workshop on “Negative emissions and managing climate risks scenarios”. It was hosted by the renowned think-tanks ” Chatham House and E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism).

The workshop addressed climate experts, policymakers, and influential actors. Its aim was to engage a facilitated discussion on the roles, risks, and potentials of different Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) deployments to meet the Paris Agreement temperature targets and to consider the international co-operation required to manage the pathway to net-zero emissions. NETs include technologies like BECCS (bio energy carbon capture and storage), DAC (direct air capture), Enhanced mineralization, and others. They are increasingly getting in the focus in the political and public discussion on limiting global warming to below 2 °C.

In the workshop, experts from Chatham House, E3G, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) presented insights from latest research on NETs. Florian Kapmeier contributed by visualizing the effects and risks of NETs, using Climate Interactive’s forthcoming En-ROADS climate policy simulator. En-ROADS is a fast, powerful climate simulation tool for understanding how we can achieve our climate goals through changes in energy, land use, consumption, agriculture, and other policies. It is grounded in the best available climate science and encourages to base discussions on action on climate change mitigation in scientific findings.

Insights of using En-ROADS included that NET impacts are limited, even at the max possible that we can imagine, and effects on temperature are marginally. Workshop participants learned that deploying Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) alone is not sufficient to reach the Paris goals, even when deploying them soon and strongly. All have strong side-effects, affecting other Sustainable Development Goals. “Most importantly, the availability of technologies is uncertain, which is why we should not solely rely on them in the discussion on how to limit global warming to below 2 °C. We should prevent the emission of carbon dioxide in the first place,” Florian Kapmeier concludes.


About Florian Kapmeier

Florian Kapmeier is contact person of Climate Interactive in Germany. He has presented the forthcoming En-ROADS 2019 to representatives of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment of Baden-Württemberg, the Ministry of Education of Baden-Württemberg, the GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Bonn.