Global Carbon Removal Task Force



Launched January 2020

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Context

Carbon removal is a new and under-resourced component of global climate action designed to complement ongoing adaptation and mitigation efforts. Carbon removal for climate restoration focuses on the removal of up to a trillion tons of excess atmospheric CO2 to restore our climate to proven safe pre-industrial levels and preserving Arctic ice to limit disastrous methane release. We are committed to restoring a proven safe and healthy climate to ensure the survival and flourishing of humanity and our natural world, for ourselves and for generations to come.

Without urgent action to deploy global climate restoration solutions, we will be left with a destabilized climate that threatens the survival of humanity and the natural world. Early stage climate restoration efforts are fragmented and there is fierce competition for resources. Innovators are currently hindered by political, regulatory and financial barriers.

In order to optimize and accelerate the diverse global movement of climate restoration as it rapidly emerges, there is a need and a unique opportunity to initiate robust global coordination, alignment, learning and cooperation mechanisms between partners. With that in mind, the Global Carbon Removal Task Force is forming.

Global Carbon Removal Task Force

The Global Carbon Removal Task Force (Task Force) will work to design principles and actions for climate restoration solutions. This new multi-stakeholder task force is envisioned to design a framework that will drive action on the following priorities: 

  • Develop and drive policy agendas, including time-bound goals and targets; 
  • Mobilize commitments and ensure mutual accountability; 
  • Foster communication and collaboration to align strategic priorities within the climate restoration movement; 
  • Support the scale-up of climate restoration solutions with research, investment, favorable policies, legal frameworks, and regulations.

Expected Outcomes

    • A framework for global carbon removal is designed, supported, and funded by governments, multilateral organizations, foundations, investors, private sector, faith leaders, youth activists, and civic organizations worldwide;
    • Global policies are enacted to accelerate the research, enact supportive regulations and policies, and unleash financing for the at-scale deployment of carbon removal solutions;
    • Key voices are included at the decision-making table, ensuring transparent decision-making for the safe and effective deployment of carbon removal solutions.

2020 Timeline

  • January 21: Global Carbon Removal Task Force launched
  • February – August: Task Force hosts virtual regional and global consultations
  • September: 2nd Annual Climate Restoration Forum in tandem with UNGA 2020, New York.

For more information contact Professor Sanjeev Khagram or Diana Walker