Negative Emissions Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation

Negative Emissions Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Authors: Stephen Rackley, Adrienne Sewel, Diarmaid Clery, George Dowson, Peter Styring, Graham Andrews, Stephen Mccord, Pol Knops, Renaud De Richter, Tingzhen Ming, Wei Li, Mike Tyka
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196632

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Negative Emissions Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation provides a comprehensive introduction to the full range of technologies that are being researched, developed and deployed in order to transition from our current energy system, dominated by fossil fuels, to a negative-carbon emissions system. After an introduction to the challenge of climate change, the technical fundamentals of natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal and storage processes and technologies are described. Each NET is then discussed in detail, including the key elements of the technology, enablers and constraints, governance issues, and global potential and cost estimates.This book offers a complete overview of the field, thus enabling the community to gain a full appreciation of NETs without the need to seek out and refer to a multitude of sources.

Key Features

  • Covers the full spectrum of technologies to underpin the transition to a negative emissions energy system, from technical fundamentals to the current state of deployment and R&D
  • Critically evaluates each technology, highlighting advantages, limitations, and the potential for large scale environmental applications
  • Combines natural science and environmental science perspectives with the practical use of state-of-the-art technologies for sustainability


Students and researchers in environmental sustainability and energy transitions. Students and researchers in energy and engineering; environmental policymakers

Table of Contents

  • Part I Introduction
    1. The climate challenge: NETs and climate change mitigation
    2. Overview of NETs: Technologies, scope and cost
    3. Uncertainties, risks, ethics, and governance

    Part II Natural CO2 removal (or drawdown?) processes
    4. Photosynthesis and soil carbon processes
    5. Other natural CO2 removal processes
    6. Ocean carbon processes
    7. The global carbon cycle, inventories, and fluxes

    Part III Engineered CO2 separation and capture
    8. CO2 absorption
    9. CO2 adsorption
    10. Membrane CO2 separation
    11. CO2 mineralization
    12. Artificial photosynthesis and other bio-inspired methods

    Part IV Negative emissions methods and technologies
    13. Afforestation and other land- and soil-based methods
    14. Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
    15. Direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS)
    16. Geological carbon storage
    17. Ocean storage and other ocean-based methods
    18. CO2 utilization

    Part VI NET information resources
    19. Further information sources
    20. Units and NET related acronyms
    21. Glossary of NET related terms

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196632

About the Authors

Stephen Rackley

Stephen A. Rackley holds a Doctorate in Experimental Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He has worked for 26 years in the energy industry, with experience in some of the main technologies that are key to the currently most mature CO2 storage option - identification, assessment, monitoring and verification of sub-surface storage in the geo-sphere. More recently, his focus is on bringing significant new and evolving technologies to an advanced level (but non-specialist) student, engineering and project management audience.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Consultant

Adrienne Sewel

Diarmaid Clery

George Dowson

Peter Styring

Peter Styring
Peter Styring is Professor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry at the University of Sheffield where his research sits at the interface between the two disciplines. He is interested in carbon capture agents that not only achieve high levels of activity and selectivity, but which also act as catalysts or catalyst supports for the in situ conversion of CO2 into valuable products. Peter also works across disciplines with experts in other fields to take into account social and economic factors such as energy integration, public perception and supply chain economics.

Peter is Chair of the CO2Chem Network (, an EPSRC Grand Challenge Network bringing together collaborators interested in CCU. Together with Katy Armstrong and collaborators at ECN in the Netherlands he has co-authored the policy document “Carbon Capture and Utilisation in the Green Economy” (ISBN 978-0-9572588-1-5 for eBook) which has received considerable global attention. A recent paper has been published in Chimica Oggi that reviews some of the catalytic approaches to CCU. Peter is a former EPSRC Senior Media Fellow working to make science and engineering more accessible to the public so is experienced at writing to attract all levels. In 2007 he was awarded the IChemE Hanson Medal for a paper on ski engineering, written to appeal to a wide audience.

Affiliations and Expertise

UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilization, The University of Sheffield, UK

Graham Andrews

Stephen Mccord

Pol Knops

Renaud De Richter

Tingzhen Ming

Wei Li

Mike Tyka

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