Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage Webinar

February 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Center on Global Energy Policy
212 853-2475

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University will hold a Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage Webinar on February 2nd from noon to 1:30 pm.

Can carbon from plants and algae be stored underground to help fight climate change? Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) has been part of the global climate dialogue for decades, although critics have argued that its potential is modest and risks are considerable. On January 28, the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum will release a roadmap by two Center on Global Energy Policy scholars, David Sandalow and Dr. Julio Friedmann, and several co-authors proposing a new framework for addressing this topic and introducing a new term – biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS).

In the webinar, the co-authors will present the roadmap.  Then a panel of experts will explore the technical potential for carbon removal and storage using biomass and discuss how these processes can be implemented in ways that promote food security, rural livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and other important values. They will also discuss standards and policies that would help them achieve their full potential, drawing on this new roadmap.

Taking part are:

Opening Remarks:     Nobuo Tanaka, Special Advisor, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Chairman of the Steering Committee, Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)

Moderator:                  David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA and Chair, ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project


  • Roger Aines, Energy Program Chief Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Julio Friedmann, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA
  • Colin McCormick, Adjunct Professor, Science, Technology and International Affairs, Georgetown University
  • Daniel Sanchez, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California-Berkeley


  • Holly Buck, Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University at Buffalo
  • Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

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