Climate Essentials: Climate change mitigation via removal of atmospheric greenhouse gases

A photograph of a plane's shadow on top of a forest.

By signing the Paris Climate Agreement, Australia has committed to a global goal to hold average temperature increase to well below 2oC and to pursue efforts to keep warming below 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels.

This will require deep and ongoing cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, reaching net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. However, cutting our emissions will not be enough given the levels of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere and ongoing emissions from some hard to ameliorate sources.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have assessed meeting the 2 degree target is only feasible if there is massive implementation of negative emissions technologies (NETs) that draw down atmospheric CO2 and use it or store it safely.

The course is run by the ANU Climate Change Institute, bringing together leading researchers from across the university and industry experts.


Who should attend?

This short course has been designed for professionals who want to learn about the options Australia has for deploying NETs. It will cover why NETs are important, the technologies and practices available, as well as considerations for the implementation of NETs including communication and governance.


Course details

  • The course has been adapted from a full day face-to-face course to online delivery to meet current social distancing requirements. The staggered structure is designed to maximise engagement and is based on advice from ANU experts in online course design.
  • The course covers six broad topics over three mornings; two sessions per day, each session punctuated by discussion of the key points.
  • Participation will be via the Zoom video conferencing tool, allowing direct interaction and discussion with lecturers and other course participants. The course will not be recorded – this is to facilitate open discussion under the Chatham House rule.
  • Course timings 9:00am – 12:30pm each day, Tues 16th - Thurs 18th March 2021 
  • A detailed version of the program and course details can be downloaded here (PDF 2.83MB)


Important information

  • The course will take place subject to demand. Registrants will receive a full refund in the unlikely event that the course is cancelled.  
  • Group discounts are available for bulk registrations of three or more participants from the same organisation.  
  • Contact course convenor, Ruth O’Connor, via or 02 6125 4672 to find out more.     
  • Cost - $1150 per person (including GST)



Day 1 - Tuesday, 16 March

  • 9am - Welcome and introduction, Prof Mark Howden and Dr Ruth O'Connor, ANU Climate Change Institute
  • 9:30am - 10:55am - Understanding climate change and why we need to draw down greenhouse gases, Prof Mark Howden, ANU Climate Change Institute
  • 10:55am - 11:15am - Break
  • 11:15am - 12:30pm - Communicating effectively about negative emissions, Dr Bec Colvin, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Day 2 - Wednesday, 17 March

  • 9am - Welcome to day 2, Dr Ruth O'Connor
  • 9:05am - 10:35am - Options for action: Carbon capture in materials, Prof Penny King, ANU Research School of Earth Sciences
  • 10:35am - 10:55am - Break
  • 10:55am-12:30pm Options for action: Enhancing natural processes (on land and sea), Prof Justin Borevitz, ANU Research School of Biology, and Prof Eelco Rohling, ANU Research School of Earth Sciences

Day 3 - Thursday, 18 March

  • 9am - Welcome to day 3, Dr Ruth O'Connor
  • 9:05am - 10:35am - Carbon Capture and Utilisation: Opportunities for Industry, Dr Célia Sapart, CO2 Value Europe

  • 10:35am - 11:15am - Break

  • 10:55am – 12:30pm The policy and governance landscape for negative emissions technologies, Aaron Tang, ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society