BSEN30560 Measures to Mitigate Climate C

Academic Year 2023/2024

Effective climate action requires rapid reductions in emissions of CO2 across all sectors. However, reductions in gross emissions alone do not meet the EU 2030 climate action plan targets. Negative emissions technologies (NETs) are the sustained gross removals of CO2 from the atmosphere and subsequent secure, long-term storage of carbon in ‘carbon sinks’. A range of NETs measures are currently being explored across EU countries for integration in national inventory.
Negative emissions technologies are either natural climate solutions or engineered solutions. This module will cover the carbon capture and storage potential of a range of measures such as afforestation, soil carbon sequestration, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, direct air carbon capture and storage, and enhanced weathering. The suitability of NETs for deployment for Ireland will be reviewed.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to;
• Identify key sources and sinks of carbon in the global carbon cycle.
• Understand the principles in natural carbon sequestration and engineered negative emission technologies.
• Understand where negative emission technologies contribute to Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) and the energy sector.
• Critically assess the potential of negative emission technologies for carbon capture and storage.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- This module will be delivered in face-to-face lectures, with an opportunity for class-based discussions at stages throughout the module.
- Students will participate in critical assessment of each negative emission technology given in class, based on a template of criteria.
- Active student learning through a self-selected case study assignment applies the theoretical learnings to real world application (40% of module grade).
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Case study of the deployment of a natural carbon sequestration or engineered negative emission technology in a country of choice. Week 8 n/a Graded No


Examination: End of trimester examination. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feedback will be provided individually via Brightspace. There will be one week provided to incorporate feedback for resubmission.