Climate change impacts and responses are closely linked to sustainable development and in addition to a primary focus on emissions reductions and adaptation, carbon dioxide removal (CDR) approaches - both nature-based and through technological innovation - can be used to remove residual CO2 from the atmosphere. An array of CDR approaches are being considered to respond to the climate crisis. Currently, these approaches differ widely in terms of maturity, potential, costs, risks, benefits, and governance requirements. Knowing their viability and sustainability to advance towards the achievement of the climate goals of the Paris Agreement could be the starting point for their application at different scales.
In the context of the forthcoming Conference on Climate and Development in Africa (23rd-27th August), and also in preparation for COP26, African countries are considering the best options that can help them reduce their carbon emissions, achieve net zero while also accelerating their sustainable industrialization in the context of a just transition.
This side event will give an overview of some of these approaches and will analyze their known potential benefits and risks in the context of the SDGs. This information will allow African decision-makers to identify knowledge gaps that need to be filled so they can consider the most suitable approaches to be incorporated in the new generation of NDCs and LTSs.