UPTAKE aims to facilitate the sustainable upscaling of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) methods by developing a set of robust strategies through technical, theoretical, and practical analysis accompanied by interactive dialogue within a CDR stakeholder forum. As a result, UPTAKE will develop a harmonized, comprehensive, inclusive, integrated, and transparent CDR knowledge inventory to evaluate a wide range of CDR options. UPTAKE will quantify costs, effectiveness, and removal potentials as well as risks and constraints at different scales, and prospects of technological progress.
The UPTAKE approach will allow the assessment of geographical, sectoral, socioeconomic, demographic, and temporal trade-offs, co-benefits, and opportunities emerging from portfolios of different CDR methods. The enhanced socio-technical understanding of CDR methods will feed into an ensemble of state-of-the-art integrated assessment models (IAMs), which will help improve the integration of CDR methods given the EU policy objectives set for 2030, 2050, and beyond climate neutrality. UPTAKE will assess CDR governance and policy frameworks considering social acceptance, accountability, monitoring, and regulations for sustainable CDR rollout at scale
Within the international and interdisciplinary consortium, the SWP project team is responsible for the investigation of governance architectures that enable the ramp-up of CDR as a building block of ambitious climate policies. Based on analyses of international climate policy and case studies of national carbon removal policies, the project team analyses policy designs and identifies preconditions for robust carbon removal strategies.
Funded by: Horizon Europe
Duration: 01 September 2023 – 31 August 2027