Importance of non-CO2 emissions in carbon management

Bows-Larkin, Alice, McLachlan, Carly, Mander, Sarah, Wood, Ruth, Röder, Mirjam, Thornley, Patricia, Dawkins, Elena, Gough, Clair, O'Keefe, Laura and Sharmina, Maria (2014). Importance of non-CO2 emissions in carbon management. Carbon Management, 5 (2), pp. 193-210.

Abstract

Background: GHG budgets highlight a need for urgency, yet analyses are often CO2-focused, with less attention paid to non-CO2. Results: In this paper, scenarios are used to explore non-CO2 drivers and barriers to their mitigation, drawing out implications for CO2 management. Results suggest that even optimistic technological and consumption-related developments lead to on-going increases in global N2O, largely to improve food security within a changing climate. This contrasts with existing analysis, where lower levels of N2O by 2050 are projected. Conclusions: As avoiding '2°C' limits the emissions budget, constraints on reducing non-CO2 add pressure to energy system decarbonization. Overlooking how a changing climate and rising consumption restricts efforts to curb non-CO2 will result in policies aiming to avoid 2°C falling short of the mark.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17583004.2014.913859
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental Science(all)
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Published Date: 2014-08-12
Authors: Bows-Larkin, Alice
McLachlan, Carly
Mander, Sarah
Wood, Ruth
Röder, Mirjam ( 0000-0002-8021-3078)
Thornley, Patricia ( 0000-0003-0783-2179)
Dawkins, Elena
Gough, Clair
O'Keefe, Laura
Sharmina, Maria

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