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Beyond ‘Net-Zero’: A case for separate targets for emissions reduction and negative emissions

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Article number4
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>21/08/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Frontiers in Climate
Number of pages5
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Targets and accounting for negative emissions should be explicitly set and managed separately from existing and future targets for emissions reduction. Failure to make such a separation has already hampered climate policy, exaggerating the expected future contribution of negative emissions in climate models, while also obscuring the extent and pace of the investment needed to deliver negative emissions. Separation would help minimize the negative impacts that promises and deployments of negative emissions could have on emissions reduction, arising from effects such as temporal trade-offs, excessive offsetting, and technological lock-in. Benefits for international, national, local, organizational, and sectoral planning would arise from greater clarity over the role and timing of negative emissions alongside accelerated emissions reduction.