Net-Zero-2050 Dialogue-Series #3 [online]

Workshop 'On the German context of achieving net zero CO2 in 2050'

March 18th from 9am to 4pm

This workshop aims to bring together the expertise of the Net-Zero-2050 cluster to
1) identify possible challenges and opportunities resulting from spatial heterogeneity within Germany and
2) have expert discussions on synergies and trade-offs between german CDR options.
Accordingly, the workshop will consist of two 3h parts with a lunch break in between.

For these highly relevant topics, we will again need your expertise and participation! We would like you to register for this event latest by March 14th.

Workshop descriptions:

Part 1: Spatial Heterogeneity: Challenge and Opportunity for Net-Zero

Organised by Stefan Vögele/Christopher Ball/Imke Rhoden from the Forschungszentrum Jülich

Discussion on extension of the electricity grid, on pipeline and storages options, resistance against phasing out of coal-fired power plant in some regions show that, even if on national level a majority supports a decarbonization of the German energy system, on local level the situation can be very different. In particular, missing acceptance on local level could restrict the speed of decarbonization. Spatial heterogeneity means that there are regions which may suffer from of decarbonization whereas others might benefit from the transition process. Hence, some regions even are interested in becoming forerunners. The aim of the workshop is to identify possible challenges and opportunities resulting from spatial heterogeneity. In particular, we take a closer look to heterogeneity in the availability of energy resources, storages capacities, the distribution of stakeholders and the impact on individual households.

Part 2: Working towards CDR bundles - speed-dating of CDR-experts

Organized by GEOMAR and GERICS, lead by Nadine Mengis and Fiona Köhnke

Within the Net-Zero-2050 cluster a variety of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) options, in the form of negative emissions technologies or natural sink enhancement measures, are considered. In the end, a portfolio of these options will be needed to compensate for the remaining gross positive emissions and accordingly allows us to reach net zero CO2 emissions in Germany. But how well do those options compliment each other? Or are they reducing their respective potential, when deployed together? In order to compile meaningful CDR bundles (i.e., combinations of CDR options) to be used at a later stage for the coupling with the energy system model, and finally for the roadmap scenarios, we will have expert discussions on synergies and trade-offs between german CDR options.