Researchers at Columbia University have launched the “world’s first” Carbon Dioxide Removal Law database, an annotated bibliography of legal materials related to carbon dioxide remove and carbon sequestration and use.

The site has 530 resources on legal issues related to carbon dioxide removal, including direct air capture, enhanced weathering, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage and social carbon sequestration.

It also has 239 legal resources on carbon capture and storage, utilisation and transportation.

The site was created by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, in cooperation with the Carbon Management Research Initiative at the Centre on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA.

Michael Gerrard, a Professor at Columbia Law School and Faculty Director of the Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law, said, “All scenarios for achieving the Paris temperature targets include not only a rapid transition away from the use of fossil fuels, but also the removal of large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the capture and sequestration or use of carbon dioxide from those industrial sources whose emissions cannot otherwise be prevented.”

“This resource assembles in one place the legal analyses of the relevant technologies and will aid in the development of the needed laws and regulations.”

Dr. Julio Friedmann, a Senior Research Scholar at the Centre on Global Energy Policy, added, “This new and vital web resource on CO2 removal and carbon management augments the extraordinary legal work of the Sabin Centre on Climate Law.”

“The new portal serves scholars, advocates, governments, and companies large and small by providing clear and straightforward access to best-in-class scholarship on how the abundant natural resources of the world can reduce and repair the harm of human-caused climate change in a just and equitable way.”