Want to get the community’s thoughts on point source removal and areas for ambitious innovation. Based on our research, I get the sense that we are already really good at removing pollution at the source (EPA emissions control database seems to show removal effectiveness of >90% is achievable across many pollutants and sources). So in my mind, this isn’t an issue of capability, this is an issue of enforcement, compliance, and political will.
But what if I’m wrong? Experts have universally told us that ambient air pollution removal is incredibly hard and we should instead focus on point source removal/reduction.
What if reducing the price of emissions control tech by 10x could actually get more actors to buy in and reduce emissions? Or what about filtration of smaller, disaggregated sources, such as home heating systems or diesel engines? Or is there some game changing pathway to reduce emissions at the largest sources? Where might the greatest impact lie?
Thoughts? @bartc @carlbozzuto @akb @Ananya_Roy @djaffe @hopkepk @hlee