Decoding the Net-Zero Industry Act – Implications for carbon removal

Ahead of the 23 April Parliament's confirmation vote, Carbon Gap gives you an overview of the NZIA provisional text.

By Policy Analyst, Eloisa Viloria and Associate Policy Lead, Matteo Guidi The Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA) is a positive first step in the path to support the EU’s cleantech industry, but gaps still remain in the provisionally agreed text that makes it inadequate to fully address the comprehensive needs of carbon dioxide removal (CDR). The NZIA proposal was adopted by the European Commission in March 2023, following its announcement in the Green Deal Industrial Plan Communication. The Act came in part as the EU’s response to the US’s Inflation…

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La France a les capacités à déployer les émissions négatives

Our country readiness assessment report in France

L’atteinte de l’objectif de neutralité carbone semble plus difficile que jamais dans la préparation de la SNBC3, notamment au vu des moindres performances du puits forestier sur lequel la France s’est largement appuyée jusqu’ici. En plus de renforcer son action sur la décarbonation, il est urgent que la France diversifie sa stratégie sur les puits de carbone. L’élimination du dioxyde de carbone atmosphérique (EDC) est le troisième pilier de l’action climatique : réduire, s’adapter, éliminer. Il existe une large palette de méthodes d’EDC qui permettent de générer des émissions négatives….

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Carbon Removal Certification Framework final trilogue

EU institutions agree on a more robust voluntary framework, but rely on other EU legislation for further guardrails on uses

The EU institutions reached a provisional political agreement on the Carbon Removal Certification Framework (‘CRC-F’) during the final trilogue. Effective and scientifically sound carbon dioxide removal (‘CDR’) certification not only represents a significant first step toward integrating CDR into EU climate policies, but also ensures the development of a strong CDR capability in Europe which will contribute to the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality goal. “We commend the dedicated efforts of all three EU Institutions in developing a robust CDR certification framework. Today’s agreement represents a significant improvement to the original…

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Green Claims: European Parliament’s report improves rules on organisational climate claims

Carbon Gap praises Parliament's recent progress on organisational climate claims rules
Green Claims

Today the European Parliament’s Committees on Environment (ENVI) and Internal Market & Consumer Protection (IMCO) jointly adopted their report on the EU Green Claims Directive with 85 votes in favour, 2 against and 14 abstentions. The report, led by MEPs Cyrus Engerer (S&D, Malta) and Andrus Ansip (Renew, Estonia), improves the European Commission proposal on climate claims and the use of carbon credits in several aspects, aligning it with scientific consensus. The adopted amendments provide more clarity on the conditions to make climate claims, preventing them from becoming a tool…

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Net-Zero Industry Act: Provisional EU agreement confirms CO2 storage target and obligation on oil & gas producers, but fails to explicitly include carbon removal

EU co-legislators strike a deal on Net-Zero Industry Act

Following the last trilogue on 6 February, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA). Carbon Gap praises the Parliament and Council’s efforts in reaching an agreement during a short and intense period of negotiations and welcomes the inclusion of ambitious provisions on CO2 storage. Regrettably, the agreed text does not list carbon removal as a key net zero technology to receive special attention by member states.   Historic CO2 storage target & producer responsibility provisions We welcome the agreement of an…

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EU 2040 plans acknowledge essential role of carbon removal in reaching higher climate ambition

Commission adopts promising 2040 targets and Industrial Carbon Management communication
2040 targets and ICM communication

Brussels, 6 February 2024 – With today’s communications on the 2040 climate target and  industrial carbon management (ICM), the European Commission raises the Union’s climate ambitions and lays the groundwork for the next phase of EU climate policy, where carbon dioxide removal (CDR) will play an increasingly key role. The 2040 target communication is a step in the right direction, but separate CDR sub-targets are needed. “Carbon Gap welcomes the proposed target of 90% net GHG emissions reductions by 2040. Together with the twin targets capping gross emissions and setting…

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CO2 storage: Keeping the bar high for the oil and gas industry


This week marks the beginning of the trilogues on the Net-Zero Industry Act, the final step in the EU legislative process. In their first meeting, EU co-legislators will discuss the provisions on CO2 storage. Ahead of this timely discussion, we call on them to secure ambitious measures and ensure oil and gas producers are held accountable for developing carbon storage, so they can finally take responsibility for the negative impact of their products on the climate. In particular, the NZIA must: Confirm the injection capacity target of 50 Mt of…

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Carbon Removal Certification Framework and Net-Zero Industry Act: Parliament supports scaling up carbon removal capacity in the EU

European Parliament adopts encouraging positions on Carbon Removal Certification and Net-Zero Industry Act

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS ENCOURAGING POSITIONS ON CARBON REMOVAL CERTIFICATION AND NET ZERO INDUSTRY ACT Brussels, 21 November 2023 – Today’s votes on the Carbon Removal Certification Framework (CRC-F) and the Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA) demonstrate the European Parliament’s support for scaling up carbon removal capacity in the EU, a necessary step in tackling climate change and reaching climate neutrality by 2050. An effective and scientifically sound CDR certification not only represents a significant step toward integrating carbon removal into EU climate policies, but also ensures the development of a…

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Holding oil and gas producers accountable in the NZIA

Carbon Gap and 13 leading NGOs call on EU member states to hold oil and gas producers accountable in the context of the Net-Zero Industry Act.

Through Article 18 of the Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA), the European Commission has proposed a mandatory, individual contribution from oil and gas producers to the Union-wide CO2 injection capacity by 2030 target set out in the Act. The co-signatories strongly support holding oil and gas producers accountable. Article 18 is an unprecedented proposal from the Commission to place responsibility on producers to provide CO2 storage injection capacity, applying the logic of Extended Producer Responsibility to the sector most responsible for the climate emergency. This is a welcome and important precedent…

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Net-Zero Industry Act: Carbon Gap welcomes the adoption of the ITRE Committee report

Carbon Gap welcomes Parliament recognition of carbon removal as key net zero technology alongside CO2 storage obligations for fossil fuels suppliers.

Brussels, 25 October 2023 – The report on the Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA) by MEP Christian Ehler adopted today by the European Parliament ITRE Committee is a substantial improvement of the Commission’s proposal, but it leaves a few issues to be clarified: Welcome inclusion of CDR technologies in the scope of NZIA Carbon Gap welcomes the addition of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) to the list of net zero technologies in the scope of the Act, as well as the recognition of CO2 capture, infrastructure, and storage projects as net zero…

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