To meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, greenhouse gas emissions must reach net-zero by mid-century. Achieving this will not only require reducing existing emissions in all sectors, but also the deliberate removal of atmospheric greenhouse gasses by human actions. The ocean has a significant role to play through marine carbon sequestration.
To assess the potential of oceans, seas and estuaries in reducing the causes and consequences of climate change, globally and locally, EMBRC Belgium and Instituut voor Landbouw, Visserij- en Voedingsonderzoek (ILVO) are organising a Symposium on Marine Carbon Sequestration on 16 December 2021.
By bringing scientists, political, industrial, and non-governmental parties together the Symposium aims to identify the potential of such negative emission technologies and the required knowledge development that is still needed.
During the morning session, both national and international speakers will present topics, including: negative emission technologies for ocean-based climate mitigation; open ocean biological carbon pumps; restoration and conservation of natural ecosystems; marine bioenergy with carbon capture and storage; and marine geoengineering.
In the afternoon, presentations will be related to the policy context, industry opportunities, and a roadmap for marine carbon sequestration research and applications. This will be followed by a panel discussion during which participants will contribute to a strategic vision document. The document will include a summary of the potential of negative emission technologies to set the scene for future actions in support of adopting ocean-inclusive mitigation and adaptation strategies in Belgium and beyond.
The Symposium will take place at Ostend Science Park, Bluebridge, Belgium. Registration is free but mandatory. Registration is done via the MarineTraining platform (click here). Follow EMBRC Belgium on LinkedIn to stay informed. Contact email@example.com for more information.
See this event announcement on the Marine UGent website.