Welcome to the 2018 Negative Emissions Conference: Integrating Industry, Technology and Society for Carbon Drawdown

News: Negative Emissions Conference in Canberra. The conference was a great success and lead to some stimulating and fruitful discussions, but also highlighted the urgent need for development and implementation of negative emission technologies. In light of this, the conference committee has drafted the following communique from the conference. Please feel free to distribute this communique to interested parties.

Conference communique


Video records of the presentations from the conference can be found at the following site.


The conference is now over but was held at The Shine Dome, Canberra, Australia

When: 30-31 October 2018

Conference Rationale

Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate due to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. This was recognised at the 2015 Paris Climate Convention (COP21) in 2015 who agreed to limit warming at 2°C or less. Emission reductions are essential to help mitigate further warming, but we are already likely to exceed this 2°C warming. In response, COP21 recognised that some form of ‘negative emissions’ is required to stay within the 2°C warming target.

It is timely to explore what negative emissions options are available or could be developed in coming decades.  Climate Intervention, (also termed “geoengineering”) is one potential suite of technologies that could mitigate climate change effects through CO2 removal or Solar Radiation Management. Therefore there is an urgent need to assess to what extent climate intervention could help mitigate or reverse the effects of climate change, and to assess the potential risks and benefits of different approaches, particularly at the regional scale.

To ensure that Australia plays a leading role and has a strong international voice, a holistic approach across the humanities, arts, and sciences is needed; bringing us into line with other nations. This conference aims to explore negative emissions technologies holistically from practicality, feasibility, and environmental/societal impact perspectives.

The conference is sponsored by the National Committee for Earth System Science, the Australian National University, CSIRO, University of Tasmania and the Australian Research Council.


Philip Boyd, Rebecca Colvin, Justin Borevitz, Nerilie Abram, Michael Ellwood

Organising Committee