U.N. panel distances itself from carbon removal criticism

Source: By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News • Posted: Monday, June 5, 2023

An influential United Nations panel signaled recently that it remains open to the idea of using carbon removal machines as one possible remedy for global warming — a stance that distances the panel from earlier criticism of the technology. A note sent to the same U.N. panel last month from the U.N. climate secretariat raised concerns with engineered carbon removals, calling the approach “technologically and economically unproven.”

The note sent shock waves through the carbon removal industry, and it prompted an industry trade group to write the U.N. an open letter in response. Following the backlash, the U.N. panel clarified it was still working to determine what types of carbon removal techniques it would endorse.