Closing the Carbon Cycle
At the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris in 2015, the world agreed to attempt to hold warming to less than 1.5 degrees but at least hold the line at 2 degrees. Such targets imply strict limits on CO2 emissions and a deep decarbonization of all sectors of the economy and a move towards a future with a completely balanced carbon budget. With about half of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions resulting from dispersed or mobile sources combusting liquid fuels or natural gas, there is a strong motivation to preserve access to these convenient fuels by creating a circular carbon economy that closes the carbon cycle by producing liquid fuels or gas from renewable energy, water and carbon dioxide from air.
Since 2009, researchers at the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University, the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University, and Denmark Technical University have held an open annual meeting. Please mark your calendars for the 8th annual “Closing the Carbon Cycle Conference” from October 10th-12th, 2017.