2040 Targets and Green Claims: Council highlights carbon removal in discussions on key policies for the next decade of EU climate action

Carbon Gap reacts to Council’s policy debate on the 2040 climate target and the general approach on the Green Claims Directive.

Key takeaways: The discussion on the 2040 climate target showcased the increasing recognition among member states of the role of carbon removal in the EU’s climate framework. The Council’s position on Green Claims expands disclosure requirements related to the use of carbon credits but only partially recognises the key role of carbon removals for compensation claims, especially in the case of fossil emissions. Both policies are instrumental in ensuring a greater role for carbon removals in the EU climate policy – a requisite for reaching climate neutrality. Next steps The…

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Open letter: Four asks for a stronger EU Strategic Agenda

Carbon Gap and 53 European civil society stakeholders, businesses and organisations call on EU heads of state to reinforce the Strategic agenda.

The contours of Europe’s 2024-2029 Strategic Agenda are beginning to take shape. Given the increasingly complex environment that Europe faces, topics such as competitiveness, energy, security, and global engagement are emerging as key drivers. It is crucial to consider these factors within a broader, forward-thinking strategy that prioritises the lasting well-being of all Europeans. To this end, we strongly recommend that the Strategic Agenda builds upon the success of elevating the EU’s transition to a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe as a strategic north star. This open letter outlines…

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Open letter: The EU needs a Cleantech Competitiveness Deal

Carbon Gap and 23 organisations call for a resilient environment for cleantech in Europe.

As a new political cycle approaches, an EU Cleantech Competitiveness Deal will need to set strategic plans to attract and develop innovative, growing sectors such as carbon dioxide removal (CDR), and safeguard the sufficient allocation of research and growth funding at the EU level. The other signatories supporting an EU Cleantech Competitiveness Deal are Airborne Wind Europe, Aster, Carbon Free Europe, Cleantech for Europe, Climate Strategy & Partners, Ecocem, Electrochaea, EUREC – The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres, GET Fund, I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics, MITO Technology,…

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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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