US Government Opens Request For Information On Marine Carbon Removal

US Government Opens Request For Information On Marine Carbon Removal - Carbon Herald
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The US federal government is requesting input for the development of marine carbon dioxide removal research. The National Science Foundation (NSF), on behalf of the White House’s Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal Fast-Track Action Committee, has opened a Request For Information from all interested parties to inform the development of an implementation plan to advance a key recommendation of the Ocean Climate Action Plan.

The Ocean Climate Action Plan was released in March 2023 to represent ongoing and planned federal ocean-based climate mitigation and adaptation activities, identify gaps in climate and ocean science, and recommend new or enhanced ocean science and policy actions to tackle climate change.

Relevant: White House Forms Committee On Marine Carbon Removal

The implementation plan the government is requesting input on will aim to advance three actions to enable marine CDR research that is part of the Ocean Climate Action Plan: 

  • Establish a comprehensive Federal marine CDR research program;
  • Clarify permitting, regulatory, and other standards and policies, and establish guidelines for marine CDR research;
  • Establish a Marine CDR Initiative to enable public-private partnerships and set up mechanisms to strengthen inter-agency coordination and promote public awareness and engagement. 

The request for information is for all of those three actions. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23, 2024. According to the announcement, submissions received after the deadline may not be taken into consideration.

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Interested individuals and organizations can submit comments to: Tricia.M.Light@ostp.eop.gov including “Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal Research Plan” in the subject line of the email. For further information, people can contact: Tricia Light, Office of Science & Technology Policy, phone (202) 881 7242, email: Tricia.M.Light@ostp.eop.gov.

“We’re excited to see the National Science Foundation open this request for information on marine carbon dioxide removal. This is the right next step to ensure that sound science backs evaluations of the emerging mCDR sector, building on the National Academies’ research strategy, the White House’s Ocean Climate Action Plan, and the recent funding from the Department of Energy and NOAA. We encourage all stakeholders to engage thoughtfully in this process,” commented Kristin Kleisner, PhD, Lead Senior Scientist, Oceans; Associate Vice President, Oceans Science; Environmental Defense Fund.

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