The Carbon Gap team has been stepping up a gear since summer, with new CEO Glenn Morley and a growing and driven team.
Our primary focus has been on Brussels. On 26 October, Carbon Gap welcomed over 100 guests, a stone-throw away from the European Parliament, at our event “Bridging the gap: the case for European leadership in Carbon Removal”, with keynote speaker Dr Oliver Geden. This was a great platform to launch our first White Paper: A guide to certifying carbon removal. We hope this in-depth analysis can contribute to the welcomed proposal from the E.U. Commission to launch a carbon removal certification framework (CRCF). “Certification is the framework we need to give confidence to the public and clear standards to innovators,” said Eli Mitchell Larson, our Chief Scientific Advisor.
At the same time, we are contributing to the broader thinking around carbon removal. We are launching at COP27 a new report: “Bridging the Ambition Gap: A framework for scaling corporate funds for carbon removal and wider climate action”, co-authored by Robert Höglund and Eli Mitchell-Larson. This new and thought-leading analysis focuses on the potential climate contribution of different corporate sectors, and how they can integrate carbon removal in their strategies.
Finally, we have collaborated with key partners to build a virtual CDR Pavilion at COP 27, providing some “ground cohesion” at the event, gathering all the key CDR events, as well as headline messages and contacts. “We’re laying the groundwork now for COP28” says CEO Glenn Morley “our ambition is that CDR becomes a flagship topic next year, to catalyse the world’s effort. We never forget that we are removing less than 0.1 Gigatonne today, and need to multiply this by a magnitude of at least 50 in the next 10 years. That sense of urgency drives our work”.