Carbon removal includes a range of approaches that remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Carbon removal is needed alongside deep and rapid emissions reductions and can ultimately help us reach our climate targets.

Nature-based solutions, like protecting and restoring trees and increasing carbon storage in soil, leverage and enhance natural carbon sinks. Technological carbon removal approaches include engineered solutions that accelerate natural carbon cycles or directly remove CO2, such as mineralization and direct air capture. There’s also biomass carbon removal and storage and a suite of ocean-based carbon removal approaches.

Carbon removal approaches need continued research and development funding to improve technologies and processes, bring down costs and improve inventory and monitoring capacity. Deployment funding is also needed to support projects on the ground so carbon removal can provide meaningful levels of mitigation when we need them.

Watch WRI’s carbon removal videos here and visit our playlist to learn about various carbon removal approaches.


What is Carbon Removal?


Why Do We Need Carbon Removal?


Explore our Carbon Removal Video Playlist