Verra Invites Applications for Enhanced Weathering and Mineralization Advisory Group

Verra Invites Applications for Enhanced Weathering and Mineralization Advisory Group - Carbon Herald
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Climate standards organization Verra has announced it will be establishing an Enhanced Weathering and Mineralization Advisory Group and has invited any potential stakeholders to apply.

The advisory group’s goal will be to support in the development of an enhanced weathering initiative in Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard Program.​

If you are interested in how to apply and what the specific selection criteria are for taking part in the advisory group, you can click on this Call for Expressions link. Deadline for receiving applications is 6 January 2023.

Verra says that selection for the enhanced weathering advisory group will be completed by mid-January with a first meeting to quickly follow in February.

Enhanced weathering and mineralization has received an increased amount of attention in 2022 as one of the potential carbon removal technologies that could reduce atmospheric CO2. An ever growing number of science teams and startups have announced their approaches and Verra’s initiative is quite timely.

According to some research enhanced weathering could help the UK reduce its emissions by up to 50%. Scientists from the University of Sheffield say that enhanced weathering has a carbon removal potential of between 6-30 million tons of carbon dioxide annually by 2050.

But other research has cast doubt on how universal the approach could be. Scientists from the University of Bremen say that enhanced weathering could harm peat soils without a net gain in removed CO2.

In any case, having clear standards for what is another burgeoning niche in the emerging carbon industry is welcome, as measurement, reporting and verification should be embedded in any approach.   

Read more: Research: Enhanced Weathering May Destabilize Peat Soils

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