LightSpeed Solutions

communicates exciting innovations and thought leaders’ perspectives regarding technologies, policy, social value, business, and commercialization on the journey to marketable and sustainable options for restoring the carbon balance or closing the carbon cycle.

We are passionate about capturing CO2 from the atmosphere, recycling CO2, and addressing CO2 in a waste management paradigm as opposed to a pollution paradigm.

Together we can complete the cycle and restore carbon balance to overcome urgent energy and climate challenges with CO2 as a feedstock for fuels and other products, while disposing what cannot be used profitably.

ASU’s LightSpeed Solutions is currently supporting the “Restoring the Carbon Balance” initiative to call attention to removing CO2 directly from air, needed to ultimately meet climate goals.

 

 

Restoring the Carbon Balance Webinar Series 

Arizona State University’s LightSpeed Solutions, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, and Julie Ann Wrigley Global institute of Sustainability are hosting a three-part webinar series. “Restoring the Carbon Balance” will explore the potential role of Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) and Recycling CO2 in meeting climate goals.

Restoring the Carbon Balance Webinar 1 – The Imperatives

December 15, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. EST

Restoring the Carbon Balance Webinar 2 – The Technologies Needed

February 1 , 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 p.m. EST

Register for the webinar

Restoring the Carbon Balance Webinar 3 – Policies, Financing and Regulations

Coming in March 2017

For more information contact Ellen B. Stechel, Managing Director of LightSpeed Solutions, Deputy Director of ASU LightWorks®

scalable systems / fostering collaboration / international cooperation / accelerating innovation

Introduction to Restoring the Carbon Balance Webinar Series

What is the carbon budget?
The capacity of the Earth's atmosphere to safely hold excess carbon without too much warming is limited. The situation is growing more urgent. Even after the December 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, it is unlikely that global economies will reduce carbon emissions quickly enough to achieve the goal of limiting the temperature increase to two degrees Celsius. 

Unless that pace is dramatically accelerated, the planet will almost certainly exceed its "carbon budget" within two decades., This concern has led the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to conclude that negative emissions technologies (NETs), which removes CO2 from the air, will be needed to meet climate goals. However, NETs are still in the research, development or demonstration stages of commercialization and may not be ready in time, or feasible at the necessary scale.

Arizona State University (ASU) and the ASU Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) is spearheading a campaign to develop a coalition of influential research, policy and potential funding organizations to speed the development and commercialization of technologies that can balance the carbon budget and open discussions about supportive policies and economic incentives. Researchers at ASU are tackling energy-related challenges ranging from renewable energy alternatives to the effects of climate change on the population. Our research combines ASU’s strengths in use-inspired energy resource science that sits at the interface of policy making affecting real change in the global race to energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • The Imperative
  • Technologies

Restoring the Carbon Balance 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST
 

Restoring the Carbon Balance - Session 1 (of 3) The budget imperative from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

Download the PDF of the webinar presentation by clicking this link

Moderator

David Biello​, Science Curator at TED Talks and former Scientific American Energy and Environment Editor

Panelists

Jeffrey Sachs, World-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist

Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester

John Shepherd, Emeritus Professor of Earth System Science within the Ocean and Earth Science Department of the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Science, University of Southampton at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and a Fellow of the Royal Society

The first webinar in the series explores the limited capacity of the Earth's atmosphere to safely hold excess carbon without too much warming and reviews technology alternatives and social considerations. The two subsequent webinars will discuss the research investment proposition for the range of Negative Emission Technologies and address the policy, regulatory and economic considerations needed for these disruptive technologies to be scalable in the 20 year timeframe.

We are seeking partner organizations and institutions interested in co-hosting the webinar series and/or willing to invest in balancing the carbon budget. We welcome your feedback on this initiative and are eager to discuss collaborations to further support these emerging technologies.

 

 

Restoring the Carbon Balance Webinar 2 – The Technologies Needed

February 1, 2017

1:00 pm -2:30 pm EST

Register for the webinar

 

The capacity of the Earth’s atmosphere to safely hold excess carbon without too much warming is very limited. The situation is growing more urgent, but even after the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, the pace of transforming economies away from hydrocarbon fuels is too slow to meet the ambient temperature goal of 2 degrees or less Celsius.

Unless that pace is dramatically accelerated, the planet will almost certainly exceed its “carbon budget” within two decades, if it hasn’t already. This concern has led the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to conclude that Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs), which remove CO2 from the air, will be needed to meet climate goals.

However, NETs technologies are still in the research, development or demonstration stages of commercialization, which poses a conundrum. Technologies cannot develop without policy drivers; policy cannot lead the way without the assurance of demonstrably affordable and scalable technologies.

Join Arizona State University’ Global Institute of Sustainability and the Security and Sustainability Forum in the second of a three part series on “Restoring the Carbon Budget” where leading experts will address the NETS technologies and the status of the research to develop and commercialize them.
 

Register for the webinar

 

Restoring the Carbon Balance Webinar 3 – Policies, Financing and Regulations

March 2017