Our position on geoengineering

Based on our best understanding of the current science, EDF believes that:

  • Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases as rapidly as possible is essential to addressing the climate challenge facing humanity.
  • Deliberate climate interventions such as albedo modification should not be undertaken for the foreseeable future as they present serious ecological, moral and geopolitical concerns.
  • Engaging in transparent small-scale field research to further our understanding of the climate system and the implications of any albedo modification proposals is prudent and governance regimes should be established in parallel with the very first experiments.
  • Research on development of carbon dioxide removal techniques and their impacts should also be undertaken.