LUCSUS seminar:Performing a 3°C future? Carbon dioxide removal and the political economy of integrated assessment modelling
Welcome to a LUCSUS seminar with LUCSUS researcher Wim Carton.
Wim Carton is a geographer with a background in Development Studies, International Relations and History. His main academic objective is to help understand society-nature relations, and how these are changed and articulated through various sustainability challenges. His primary research focus is on the political ecology of climate change mitigation in carbon forestry and agriculture, and related discussions on negative emissions in climate policy.
IPCC scenarios suggest that climate change mitigation now depends on negative emissions, i.e. the large-scale removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This idea is already being used by fossil fuel companies to justify the continued extraction of fossil fuels, based on the idea that CO2 removal can compensate for essentially the full utilization of existing fossil fuel reserves. In this seminar I will present some preliminary ideas from a chapter that I am writing, where I ask how IPCC emissions reduction scenarios came to be so compatible with the interest of the fossil fuel industry. I focus particularly on the political economy of integrated assessment modelling, and the performativity of the various assumptions that these models contain. Understanding the constructed and ideological nature of many of these assumptions, I argue, is essential for understanding how the negative emissions concept emerged and what political economic work it performs.
The seminar is open for everyone. No registration needed!