Energy Studies Institute (ESI)

Climate Geoengineering: A Realistic Option to Combat Climate Change?

Energy-Studies-Institute
ORGANISER
Energy Studies Institute (ESI)
DATE 01 November 2019
TIME 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
VENUE
Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore
URL

The continuing inability of the world to effectively tackle rising greenhouse gas emissions and increasing evidence of the impacts of climate change is making geoengineering more attractive as a strategy for countering rising temperatures. Several possible technologies have been touted as options for reflecting sunlight away from the earth’s surface. These include aerosol injection, marine cloud brightening, high-albedo crops and buildings, ocean mirrors, cloud thinning and space sunshades. Aside from direct carbon capture from industrial infrastructure, potential carbon removal techniques include large scale afforestation, soil carbon enrichment, ocean iron fertilization, enhanced weathering and ocean alkalization. Each of these techniques carries risks, not least because of the scale of the endeavour required and uncertainties concerning unintended consequences. The aim of this roundtable is to assess whether geoengineering could be a technically and politically viable component of a global strategy to combat climate change.

Programme Details

Time Event
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and introduction
Professor Anthony Owen
Energy Studies Institute
National University of Singapore
09:10 - 09:35  Why is Climate Engineering on The Agenda and What Does It Offer?
Dr Masahiro Sugiyama
Associate Professor
Policy Alternatives Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan
09:35 - 10:00 Carbon Dioxide Removal Techniques: Potential, Risks and Outlook.
Dr Andrew Lenton
Senior Research Scientist
Climate Science Centre
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Hobart, Australia
10:00 - 10:25 Solar Radiation Management: Potential, Risks and Outlook
Professor John C. Moore
Chief Scientist
Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University, China
10:25 - 10:55 Coffee Break           
10:55 - 11:20 Governance Needs and Challenges
Dr Arunabha Ghosh
Founder CEO
Council on Energy, Environment and Water, New Delhi, India           
11:20  Panel discussion
Questions & Answers
12:00 End


Speakers

Anthony

Professor Anthony (Tony) D Owen

Principal Fellow and Head of Energy Economics

The Energy Studies Institute (ESI), National University of Singapore

Aruna

Arunabha Ghosh

Founder-CEO

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water

John-Moore

Professor John C Moore

Research Professor

The Key State Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University and Research Professor at University of Lapland, Finland

Andre-Lenton

Dr Andrew Lenton

Principal Research Scientist

CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre

Masahiro

Dr Masahiro Sugiyama

Associate Professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI)

The University of Tokyo

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