To meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, greenhouse gas emissions must reach net-zero by mid-century. Achieving this will not only require reducing existing emissions in all sectors, but also the deliberate removal of atmospheric greenhouse gasses by human actions. The ocean has a significant role to play through marine carbon sequestration.
To assess the potential of oceans, seas and estuaries in reducing the causes and consequences of climate change, globally and locally, EMBRC Belgium and Instituut voor Landbouw, Visserij- en Voedingsonderzoek (ILVO) are organising a Symposium on Marine Carbon Sequestration on 16 December 2021.
By bringing scientists, political, industrial, and non-governmental parties together the Symposium aims to identify the potential of such negative emission technologies and the required knowledge development that is still needed.
During the morning session, both national and international speakers will present topics, including: negative emission technologies for ocean-based climate mitigation; open ocean biological carbon pumps; restoration and conservation of natural ecosystems; marine bioenergy with carbon capture and storage; and marine geoengineering.
In the afternoon, presentations will be related to the policy context, industry opportunities, and a roadmap for marine carbon sequestration research and applications. This will be followed by a panel discussion during which participants will contribute to a strategic vision document. The document will include a summary of the potential of negative emission technologies to set the scene for future actions in support of adopting ocean-inclusive mitigation and adaptation strategies in Belgium and beyond.
The Symposium will take place at Ostend Science Park, Bluebridge, Belgium. Registration is free but mandatory. Registration is done via the MarineTraining platform see the link here below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
9:15 Welcome. Ann Vanreusel, Director EMBRC-BE
− 9:30 Opening keynote
▪ Ocean-based climate action with a focus on negative emissions measures. Jean-Pierre Gattuso, CNRS Sorbonne University and Iddri
− 10:15 Open ocean carbon: natural processes
▪ The open ocean biological carbon pump. Griet Neukermans, Ghent University
− 11:00 Open ocean carbon: marine geoengineering
▪ Ocean fertilisation. Christine Klaas, Alfred Wegener Institut
▪ Ocean alkalinisation. Filip Meysman, Antwerp University
− 11:30 Marine bioenergy with carbon capture and storage
▪ Seaweed cultivation. Olivier De Clerck, Ghent University
▪ Shellfish aquaculture. Edwin Foekema, Wageningen University & Research
− 12:00 Restoration and conservation of natural ecosystems
▪ Restoring and increasing coastal vegetation. Patrick Meire, Antwerp University
▪ Conserving seabed carbon sequestration. Ulrike Braeckman, Ghent University
▪ Demersal fisheries and seabed carbon sequestration. Hans Polet, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
− 13:50 Welcome afternoon session. Zakia Khattabi, Minister of Climate & Vincent Van Quickenborne, Minister of North Sea
− 14:00 The policy of ocean-based climate mitigation. Steven Dauwe, Flanders Marine Institute
− 14:10 The businesscase of marine carbon capture and the effects of the measurement method (on the businesscase). Stephan Bostoen, Pebblewave
− 14:30 Assessing the potential for ocean-based climate action by Belgian parties. Panel discussion, Moderators: Greet Riebbels & Kelle Moreau
− 15:45 Challenges for marine carbon sequestration and applications. Jack Middelburg, Utrecht University and ICES working group on ocean negative carbon emissions
− 16:00 Closing