NOAA And DOE Unite To Speed Up Marine Carbon Removal R&D

NOAA And DOE Unite To Speed Up Marine Carbon Removal R&D - Carbon Herald
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On June 6th, two organizations dedicated to finding cutting edge discoveries, announced they will work together on future collaborations regarding marine carbon dioxide removal research and development. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to accelerate ocean carbon removal in order to achieve the broader U.S. goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

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The agencies will share expertise on research and technology development to avoid duplicative work. Unifying both their experience will ensure the country could develop marine carbon removal approaches. The ocean science expertise of NOAA and the carbon dioxide removal, energy science and technology expertise of DOE are considered a great recipe to advance the current state of the technology and strengthen the existing relationship between the two agencies. 

“Carbon dioxide removal methods have the potential to mitigate and remove hundreds of millions of tons of harmful carbon dioxide emissions per year… DOE is excited to partner with NOAA under this MOA to advance our collaborative research and development efforts in this growing area of marine carbon dioxide removal and slow the harmful effects of climate change,” said DOE Under Secretary for Science and Innovation Dr. Geri Richmond. 

The conditions of the MOA recognize four responsibilities: 

  • coordination and collaboration;
  • acceleration of research and development infrastructure, including facilities, data management and feasibility studies;
  • development of protocols for accountable and science-based marine carbon dioxide removal for ecosystem safety, social benefit and economic viability;
  • the potential for future additional collaboration between both agencies.

The full memorandum of agreement can be found here.

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