8 December 2021 - Paris Alignment Forum virtual afternoon tea in association with Aviva Investors

A discussion on 'The carbon capture conundrum: is carbon capture realistic or is it an excuse for doing nothing?'

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This afternoon tea, in association with Aviva Investors, discussed the role of carbon capture in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Preventing and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is becoming an increasingly urgent priority in the fight against climate change. Both new and established pathways to remove the gas are under scrutiny, as decision makers around the globe grapple with how to take the most effective action. Experts from Aviva Investors - Zoe Austin, Portfolio Manager, Laurence Monnier, Head of Quantitative Research - Real Assets and Rick Stathers, Senior GRI Analyst, led us through the reasons why achieving net zero needs both technical and nature-based solutions to carbon capture.

In this interactive session we discussed the following themes:

  • The carbon capture conundrum: A lot of scenarios to get to 1.5 degrees of warming rely on carbon capture solutions (CCS). We explore where CCS fits within the wider climate framework of mitigation, adaptation and transition. In particular, we explore whether CCS is a bet on continuing to use carbon now instead of spending money on new technology that moves the economy onto renewables now.
  • Below the surface: We dug into the detail; looking at the different CCS technologies, what we have now and what is needed to make it work in the future. We also looked at nature-based solutions for carbon capture.
  • Your role and opportunities as asset owners: We considered whether asset owners should seek exposure to a breadth of climate solutions and the importance of adopting a climate transition approach.

Who was this event for?

These events are only open to asset owners such as pension fund trustees and in-house executives, independent trustees/advisers, and consultants.

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