The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has formed a new Fast-Track Action Committee on Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal.
The purpose of the newly announced committee is to assess the benefits and risks of different approaches to marine carbon dioxide removal (CDR).
In turn, the results of the evaluation performed by the Fast-Track Action Committee on Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal will help guide relevant research and policy on the safety of different marine CDR methods.
The formation of this committee was part of the recommendations released by the US Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP) in 2022, among which was also the call for more efforts aimed at developing marine CDR.
In the next 12 months, the committee is expected to present an implementation plan that will advance marine CDR and offer a solid basis of knowledge that will potentially influence CDR deployment decisions.
In response to the announcement, Brad Ack, CEO of Ocean Visions, a non-profit organization focused on harnessing the ocean’s capacity to mitigate the climate crisis, said:
“Ocean Visions commends the Biden-Harris Administration’s leadership in exploring the viability of marine carbon dioxide removal pathways as a potential climate solution. The new Fast-Track Action Committee on Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal is a crucial step towards improving our collective ability to understand which, if any, marine carbon dioxide removal approaches may be safe, equitable, and feasible at scales that help address the climate crisis.”
Ack went on to point out the critical importance of ‘advancing the field responsibly’ with the help of the awaited draft recommendations for regulatory standards and policy.