Coalition for Negative Emissions (CNE)

By Sudheer Kumar K|Updated : July 4th, 2021

According to the coalition on negative emissions and McKinsey report, projects in development will only remove a fraction of carbon from the atmosphere required to meet the 2025 climate change objective. 

To avoid catastrophic climate change, significant negative emissions (carbon removals) must be combined with emission reductions. According to the McKinsey report, to drastically reduce carbon emissions, negative emissions can be deployed at the appropriate scale.

About Coalition for Negative Emissions

The Coalition for Negative Emissions, a global platform, intends to gain traction, shape policy, and establish a worldwide market for negative emissions.

What is Negative Emission?

Negative emissions means removing carbon from the atmosphere through the creation of negative emission projects.

As governments and corporations work to reduce carbon emissions they should also consider another critical method of controlling global temperature rise: removing carbon from the atmosphere through the generation of negative emissions. 

According to International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimate, 20 billion tonnes of carbon will need to be captured by negative emissions annually to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Negative Emission Technologies

There are numerous technologies for reducing negative emissions:
  • Natural climate solutions (NCSs) such as reforestation, for example, rely on biological mechanisms. 
  • Engineered removalssuch as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and 
  • Direct Air Capture and Storage (DACS), store CO2 geologically, for example, in underground sealed rock formations.

Why are Negative Emissions important?

According to a report produced by the “Coalition for Negative Emissions (CNE) & McKinsey,” projects in development will only remove a fraction of the quantity of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere required to reach the 2025 climate change objective.

Negative emissions are important for three reasons:

  • To offset residual, difficult-to-abate emissions in industries like cement;
  • To reduce atmospheric CO2 if emission reductions are not implemented quickly enough; and
  • To remove historical emissions from the atmosphere on the path to a stable long-term climate.

Even if all CO2-reduction targets are met, the world may exceed a 1.5°C carbon budget before 2040, adding more atmospheric CO2 than scientists consider permissible for a 1.5°C pathway, unless negative emissions are scaled. Hence a substantial scale-up in negative emissions is needed in many major scenarios so as to limit global warming below 1.5°C. In those scenarios, negative emissions complement extensive efforts to reduce emissions rather than replacing or detracting from such efforts. 


By 2050, scaling up the technology will result in reduced prices, with an average cost of 30-100 pounds per tonne of CO2 eliminated. The cost of removal technology is very high. Many nations have put in place measures to put a price on CO2 emissions, but the prices are much too low to encourage new projects.

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