13. CLIMATE ACTION

Climeworks eyes Kenya project to capture carbon dioxide from air

Climeworks eyes Kenya project to capture carbon dioxide from air
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Climeworks eyes Kenya project to capture carbon dioxide from air  Reuters

Climeworks eyes Kenya project to capture carbon dioxide from air

Companies

  • Climeworks Ag

    Climeworks Ag

    Climeworks is exploring the development of a large-scale direct air capture (DAC) project in Kenya to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with Great Carbon Valley, the first of its kind in East Africa, the two companies said on Thursday.

Introduction

  • Many scientists believe extracting billions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere annually, by using nature or technology, is the only way to meet goals set under the U.N. Paris climate agreement to curb climate change.

Feasibility of the Project

  • The companies said they will explore the feasibility of building a project capable of removing up to 1 million tons of CO2 which could begin operating as early as 2028.
  • Climeworks is one of the most established developers of the early stage technology, owning the world’s largest operational facility, the Orca plant in Iceland which can remove 4,000 tons of CO2 a year and store it deep underground.
  • The companies said the region’s geology and potential for renewable energy makes it an ideal location for a DAC plant.

Benefits and Funding

  • “East Africa is home to abundant untapped renewable energy potential including world-class solar, wind and geothermal energy resources, and basalt formations necessary to catalyze a vibrant carbon removals industry,” said Bilha Ndirangu, CEO of Great Carbon Valley.
  • Projects that suck carbon dioxide out of the air can generate removal credits that can then be bought and used by companies to help offset emissions they are unable to cut from their business.
  • The companies did not specify how the project would be funded but developers of DAC projects have traditionally made advanced sales of removal credits, which currently cost in the mid-to-high-triple digits in dollars per ton.

Reporting By Susanna Twidale; editing by Miral Fahmy

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SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?

  • SDG 13: Climate Action

The article discusses the development of a large-scale direct air capture (DAC) project in Kenya to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This directly relates to SDG 13, which aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?

  • Target 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters.
  • Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.
  • Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising, and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning.

The article mentions the exploration of a project capable of removing up to 1 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. This aligns with the targets under SDG 13, as it contributes to strengthening resilience, integrating climate change measures into policies, and improving education and awareness on climate change.

3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?

  • Indicator 13.1.1: Number of deaths, missing persons, and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population.
  • Indicator 13.2.1: Number of countries that have communicated the establishment or operationalization of an integrated policy/strategy/plan which increases their ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development in a manner that does not threaten food production.
  • Indicator 13.3.1: Number of countries that have integrated mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning into primary, secondary, and tertiary curricula.

The article does not explicitly mention any indicators. However, progress towards the identified targets can be measured using indicators such as the number of countries implementing integrated policies/strategies/plans for climate resilience, the number of countries integrating climate change education into curricula, and the number of deaths or affected persons attributed to climate-related disasters.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators Table

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 13: Climate Action Target 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters. Indicator 13.1.1: Number of deaths, missing persons, and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population.
SDG 13: Climate Action Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning. Indicator 13.2.1: Number of countries that have communicated the establishment or operationalization of an integrated policy/strategy/plan which increases their ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development in a manner that does not threaten food production.
Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising, and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning. Indicator 13.3.1: Number of countries that have integrated mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning into primary, secondary, and tertiary curricula.

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