Lecture Kleinman Center Event

A Case for Carbon Dioxide Removal from Air


Jennifer Wilcox
James H. Manning Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Mark Hughes
Founding Faculty Director, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy


Kleinman Center Energy Forum
220 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Jennifer Wilcox reviews the promise and pitfalls of using technology to remove CO2 directly from the air.

Event Summary

As a global society, our fossil fuel use has resulted in atmospheric CO2 concentrations much greater than at any other time during the last 650,000 years. Until now, our best approach was simply to avoid such emissions. But because of our failure to act quickly and at large scale, we now must go beyond that strategy and remove CO2 directly from the air. Trees and oceans already do this, but these systems are overwhelmed. Manufactured or synthetic removal systems are designed to pull CO2 from the atmosphere at a much faster rate. This talk reviews both the promise and pitfalls of this approach.

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A Case for Carbon Dioxide Removal From Air

Jennifer Wilcox


Jennifer Wilcox

Presidential Distinguished Professor
Jen Wilcox is Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy. Her research expertise is in carbon capture and sequestration technologies, in order to minimize the negative impacts of fossil fuels.

Mark Alan Hughes

Faculty Co-Director
Mark Alan Hughes leads the Kleinman Center as faculty co-director and writes on topics ranging from deep decarbonization to the future of Philadelphia’s energy landscape. He is also a professor of practice at the Weitzman School.