The NET effect: negative emissions technologies and the need-efficiency trade-off

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2023-02-22
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Mintz-Woo, Kian
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Cambridge University Press
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When developing and deploying negative emissions technologies (NETs), little attention has been paid to where. On the one hand, one might develop NETs where they are likely to contribute most to global mitigation targets, contributing to a global climate solution. On the other hand, one might develop NETs where they can help support development on a regional basis, justified by regional demands. I defend these arguments and suggest that they reflect the values of efficiency and responding to need, respectively. To the extent that these values conflict, they introduce what I call the Need-Efficiency Trade-off Effect (‘NET Effect’).
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Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage , Carbon dioxide removal , Climate ethics , Climate justice , Direct air capture , Geoengineering , Negative emissions technologies
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Mintz-Woo, K. (2023) 'The NET effect: negative emissions technologies and the need-efficiency trade-off', Global Sustainability, 6, e5 (8pp). doi: 10.1017/sus.2023.3