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432 - Carbon Removal, Capture, and Use

Core/Elective: Elective
Credits: 1.0
Quarter Taught: Spring



Achievement of Paris temperature objectives will require both aggressive emission reductions initiatives and large-scale deployment of carbon dioxide removal/negative emissions technologies and processes (CDR), sometimes also referred to as a major sub-category of climate geoengineering, and carbon capture and sequestration with storage (CCS), technologies that capture carbon dioxide remissions at the flue stack. 

This course will discuss the exigency of deploying CCS and CDR approaches at scale, including potential benefits and risks of these options. It also will discuss regulatory and governance considerations at both the national and international level, as well as business and policy-oriented strategies to incentivize large-scale adoption of these approaches.  



Course Objectives:

  • Distinguish between carbon dioxide removal and carbon capture and storage approaches; 
  • Understand the technological aspects of carbon capture and storage, potential risks and benefits, and constraints to large-scale deployment; 
  • Understand the potential risks and benefits of natural and industrial carbon removal approaches; 
  • Assess the adequacy of current governance mechanisms for CCS and CDR options and identify gaps in governance; 
  • Identify constraints to large-scale deployment of carbon dioxide removal approaches