ENV 698a/EVST 450 () / 2023-2024

Carbon Containment

Credits: 3
Fall 2023: F, 1:30-3:20, TBA

Application is required
To apply for acceptance to ENV 698, please register through your school's registration system. Having access to Canvas does not imply acceptance into the course. Please follow the below instructions:
Describe the following in an email to the instructors, sent no later than Friday August 25, 2023, at 5:00 pm.
To: anastasia.orourke@yale.edu 
Subject: ENV 698a Application
1. Your interest in the course (why you wish to take it)
2. What you hope to learn from the course (specific topics, training, etc.)
3. What you will bring to the course (experience, point of view, etc.)
Try to be specific. No more than 300 words total. 
We hope to have a mix of students with different perspectives, backgrounds, and knowledge.
We will notify applicants by August 28th. 

There is growing recognition that reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions alone is not sufficient to mitigate catastrophic effects of global climate change. As GHGs accumulate in the atmosphere, it is increasingly important to draw down these emissions cost-effectively in large quantities via carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) techniques–which can be broadly described as “carbon containment.” Recognizing the urgency of the problem at hand and the need for private and philanthropic action, many large companies, investors, and donors have stepped up commitments to stabilize the climate and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. In addition to decarbonization strategies that reduce emissions, climate leaders are investing in and purchasing credits from negative emission carbon containment projects that reduce atmospheric levels of GHGs. Currently, the options for entities to credibly meet ambitious climate goals using carbon containment approaches are very limited. This goal of this course is to: (1) teach and engage students from a range of disciplines about the existing technologies and markets for carbon containment, (2) investigate nascent or neglected carbon containment mechanisms, and (3) develop case studies highlighting strategies and risks for moving promising pre-commercial ideas from concept to practice.

There are no prerequisites for this course, although familiarity with basic climate science, policy, carbon markets, and GHG emissions inventories is helpful.

Course follows a seminar format. Application is required