Carbon Neutrality

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 Jun 2023.

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Andrea G.   Capodaglio Prof. Andrea G. Capodaglio 
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Fellow IWA, BCEE, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Interests: Sustainable Development; Energy and Materials Recovery; Innovative Water and Wastewater Treatment; Groundwater Contamination; Bioelectrochemical Systems
Chengcheng   Tian Prof. Chengcheng Tian 
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School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
Interests: CO2 Capture and Utilization; Pollutant Absorption; Environmental Catalysis; Energy Materials; Energy Conversion; Energy Efficiency; Resource Efficiency; Sustainable Resources Management
Lidong   Wang Prof. Lidong Wang 
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MOE Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Systems Optimization, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China
Interests: Flue Gas; CO2 Capture; Desulfurization; Catalysis; Absorption
Ming   Xu Prof. Ming Xu 
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School for Environment & Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Interests: Sustainable Systems; Structural Decomposition Analysis; Carbon Emissions; Material Flow Analysis
Xiuping   Zhu Prof. Xiuping Zhu 
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Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Interests: Water Quality and Treatment; Renewable Energy; Hydrogen and Power Generation; CO2 Utilization

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Topic Introduction

Carbon neutrality, as a state of net-zero CO2 emissions, which can be achieved by counterbalanced all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by carbon sequestration. Another way to reduce emissions and to pursue carbon neutrality is to offset emissions made in transportation, energy production, agriculture, and industry by reducing them through science-based measures such afforestation and energy saving and reduction emission. This can be done through development of renewable energy, energy efficiency or other clean, low-carbon technologies (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20190926STO62270/what-is-carbon-neutrality-and-how-can-it-be-achieved-by-2050). In the 75th session of the UN General Assembly President Xi Jinping proposed that China will increase its National Determined Contribution and adopt more powerful policies and measures. We strive to peak CO2 emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 (http://www.igdp.cn/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/2021-7-21-IGDP-Report-EN-What-to-Expect-in-Chinas-Second-NDC.pdf) (https://news.bloomberglaw.com/environment-and-energy/china-pledges-carbon-neutrality-by-2060-and-tighter-climate-goal). Till the end of December 2021, net zero targets has been set by 136 countries, 115 regions, 235 cities, and 682 companies, which have covered 88% of global greenhouse get emissions, 90% of global GDP and 85% of the world's population (https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2021/12/16/net-zero-pledges-can-they-get-us-where-we-need-to-go/).

Keywords

  • Carbon Neutral Energy
  • Carbon Neutral Technology
  • Net Zero Carbon
  • Carbon Sink
  • Carbon Offsetting
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Carbon Reduction
  • Carbon Neutral Policy

Published Papers (1 papers)

Carbon Neutrality and Life Cycle Thinking
  • edited by Ruoxi Xiong, Ming Xu,
  • Clean Energy and Sustainability 2023, 1(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.35534/ces.2023.10002
  • 29 Jan 2023 Check

    Abstract: Climate change is one of the most critical sustainability challenges facing the humanity. International communities have joined forces to mitigate climate change impact and aim to achieve carbon neutrality in the coming decades. To achieve this ambitious goal, life cycle thinking can play critical roles. Specifically, life cycle thinking helps evaluate the true climate impacts to avoid shifting emissions across processes in a product life cycle. It can also help inform consumers with carbon footprint information to make climate-conscious choices. Finally, it can help identify key processes dominating the carbon footprint of a product so that future improvement can set priorities. High quality data is required for accurate and timely carbon footprint accounting and critical challenges exist to obtain and share such data.