Welcome to CarbonTakeBack.org
Carbon Takeback: applying the principles of ‘producer responsibility’ to the fossil fuel industry. Tuesday 9th November 2021, 14:00-15:30 (Bellona Pavillion, Blue Zone, COP26) and online.
In new research we determine that a Carbon Takeback policy is cost-comparable to conventional mitigation scenarios which use a global carbon price.
This site gives an introduction to the principles of the Carbon Take Back policy
To stop climate change and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, we need to achieve net zero emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by mid-century. Because fossil sources account for the overwhelming share of CO2 emissions, there are only two ways to accomplish this:
- Institute and enforce a global ban on fossil fuel extraction and use
- Permanently store one tonne of CO2 for every tonne generated by burning fossil fuels and producing steel and cement, such that it remains out of the atmosphere for thousands fo years.
Banning fossil fuels would be impractical, unenforceable, and politically infeasible. Even if electricity production is completely decarbonised, applications such as shipping, aviation, steel, and cement production will continue to use these fuels well past 2050.
We cannot afford to wait until everyone stops using fossil fuels before we halt global warming.
That is why we need a Carbon Takeback policy.