Events

MRV as a Tool for Achieving Just Outcomes in the Carbon Removal Sector

Climate Series, Climate Futures/Climate Justice

February 28, 2023 Tuesday, 4:15pm EST Virtual Event The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
Cosponsors
  • Columbia Climate School
  • Center for Science and Society
  • Decarbonization, Climate Resilience and Climate Justice Network
Organizer
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
Notes
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Close up of carbon removal valves

As carbon removal gains prominence as a climate solution and carbon removal companies vie for billions of dollars in public and private funding, there is growing interest in developing standardized protocols to measure exactly how much carbon has been removed from the atmosphere. MRV (monitoring, reporting, and verification) is the quantitative accounting of a carbon removal project that enables accountability for project outcomes, including payment for tons of carbon removed and enforcement of contractual and regulatory obligations.

But who is being held accountable in today's carbon removal market and the gigaton-scale removals market we need in the future to achieve our climate goals? This talk explores the development of MRV practices and protocols that allow communities and the public more broadly to hold project operators accountable for their climate, public health, and environmental impacts. This approach can build trust between stakeholders in the CDR ecosystem, and trust is absolutely necessary to achieve gigaton-scale in the carbon removal industry.

Speakers

Anu Khan is the deputy director of Science & Innovation at Carbon180, a US federal policy NGO focused exclusively on carbon removal. Anu helps develop equitable and science-based policies to bring carbon removal to gigaton scale and secure a livable future for generations to come. Before working on carbon removal policy, Anu was a climate grantmaker and academic research scientist. She holds a BA from Princeton and an MS from Caltech, where her research focused on designing novel catalysts for solid oxide fuel cells and thermochemical fuel generation systems.

Moderator TBA

Climate Futures/Climate Justice is an interdisciplinary event series exploring the relationship between climate justice, carbon tech, and climate futures. Climate scientists, engineers, anthropologists, geographers, science studies scholars, political ecologists, legal scholars, and historians connect to discuss justice-centered climate futures and engage defining issues of the carbon tech/climate justice nexus.

This event will be in person at the Heyman Center and live-streamed online. Please register for both in-person and virtual attendance via the link.

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