Fair-share carbon dioxide removal increases major emitter responsibility

Date Published 2020, July 27

Authors Claire Fyson, Susanne Baur, Matthew Gidden, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner

Journal Nature Climate Change

The Paris Agreement long-term temperature goal is to be achieved on the basis of equity. Accomplishing this goal will require carbon dioxide removal (CDR), yet existing plans for CDR deployment are insufficient to meet potential global needs, and equitable approaches for distributing CDR responsibilities between nations are lacking. This study applies two common burden-sharing principles to show how CDR responsibility could be shared between regions in 1.5°C and 2°C mitigation pathways.