To really start addressing climate change, we need to not only drastically reduce our current carbon dioxide emissions, but also start capturing past emissions from the atmosphere.
Offsetting currently unavoidable emissions is becoming more and more widespread in the race to net zero, and there are already some attempts to capture and store emissions originating from industrial origins (CCS), but they have mostly failed to meet targets, despite allowing for some reduction in emission levels.
Direct atmosphere capture (DACC) could allows us to move beyond carbon neutrality into being carbon negative. Many are looking at these solutions for their promise, some more technological, some more nature-based, some very new, others quite ancient. There is no consensus on what would be the best solution: is it regenerative agriculture, carbon mineralization, agroforestry, biochar, marine permaculture, carbon farming, capture and storage or capture and use? Or something else that has yet to be invented?
At SCA we believe that, for complex problems, the solutions will be multiple, and we are likely to need to develop different approaches working in tandem to meet the capture targets for a healthy Earth. Whatever we develop has to be done in a transparent way and keeping in mind the needs of people and planet, or we risk falling into the traps of greenwashing, business as usual and destruction of ecosystems. What do you think?
What are the most promising solutions in your view? We want to hear your voices, join the discussion and let us know your thoughts in this thread.
For the next three months, we will be doing a deep dive into carbon capture methods, researching benefits and drawbacks of each and talking to the leaders bringing the most inspiring projects to life. If there are projects or articles close to your heart that you would like us to consider, or if you would like to contribute more deeply to the research on the state of the art for carbon capture, please let us know!