The Morality and Policy of Negative Emissions for Climate Change Mitigation

17th May 2018, 11.00am - 6.00pm and 18th May 2018, 10.15am - 4.00pm

The international community has committed itself to limiting global warming to well below 2ᴼC, possibly as low as 1.5ᴼC. But the vast majority of the scenarios that forecast how that might be done require the use of carbon dioxide removal technology. That technology has not yet been developed to a sufficient extent, and there might be bio-physical and economic limits to deployment on the scale forecasted. Alternatives would seem to include only 1) very deep emissions reductions, perhaps requiring economic austerity, risking global recession, and constraining poverty eradication projects in the developing world, 2) exceeding the 2ᴼC warming limit, or 3) the use of solar radiation management, which also remains underdeveloped. Should limiting warming to well below 2ᴼC with the aid of carbon dioxide removal technology be the primary focus of mitigation policy or should policy be redirected towards one of the alternatives? How should trade-offs be evaluated? What moral considerations should guide decision-making?

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Hörsaal im Arthur-von-Weinberg-Haus
Robert-Meyer-Straße 2
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Program:

Thursday, May 17th
11.00 – 11.15
Welcome
Volker Mosbrugger & Darrel Moellendorf

11.15 – 12.15
Mark Lawrence, Atmospheric Sciences, IASS Potsdam
Evaluating Carbon Dioxide Removal Proposals in the Context of the Paris Agreement

12.15 – 12.30
Coffee Break

12.30 – 13.30
Robert Pollin, Economics, UMASS Amherst
Egalitarian Green Growth: A Fair and Workable Global Climate Stabilization Program

13.30 – 14.30
Lunch

14.30 – 15.30
Dominic Lenzi, Philosophy, Mercator Institute
Integrating Ethics within Climate Scenario Assessment: The Case of Negative Emissions

15.30 – 16.30
John O’Neill, Philosophy, Manchester University
TBD

16.30 – 17.00
Coffee Break

17.00 – 18.00
Nadine Mengis, Geography, Concordia University
Non-CO2 Forcing Pathways and their Implications for the 1.5°C Fossil Fuel Carbon Budget

19.00
Dinner

Friday, May 18th
10.15 – 11.15
Daniel Callies / Darrel Moellendorf, Philosophy, Goethe University
A Moral Assessment of the Available Alternatives to Weak Mitigation Ambition

11.15 – 11.30
Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30
David Keller, Oceanography, GEOMAR Kiel
The Potential and Risks of Negative Emissions: An Earth System Modelling Perspective

12.30 – 13:30
Clare Heyward, Philosophy, IASS Potsdam
An Integrationist Perspective on NETs

13.30 – 14.30
Lunch

14.30 – 15.30
Matthias Honegger, Climate Policy, IASS Potsdam
Exploring Implications of Negative Emissions Technologies for Sustainable Development

15.30 – 16.00
Closing Remarks
Volker Mosbrugger & Darrel Moellendorf

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Lehrstuhl für Internationale Politische Theorie am Exzellenzcluster "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" in Kooperation mit dem Senckenberg Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum sowie dem  ISOE - Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung


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