Community engagement and carbon removal: four takeaways for policymakers
To meet the EU’s interim climate target, Europe must remove up to 400 Mt of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in 2040. Reaching this target requires growing the carbon removal sector, which includes land-based and industrial methods. Typically, the growth of this new sector is framed in terms of engineering, economic and policy challenges, but removing carbon at scale also presents complex social and ethical questions. As carbon removal methods mature, there is a risk that innovation will outpace public engagement and the development of an informed public opinion, which...
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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
Green Claims: European Parliament’s report improves rules on organisational climate claims
Carbon Gap praises Parliament's recent progress on organisational climate claims rules
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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What does an effective, safe and just carbon removal strategy look like for Europe? As we come up to the European elections, we will be joined by speakers from across policy, academia and civil society for our event ‘To net zero and beyond: A carbon removal strategy for Europe.’ See the full programme here. At the event, we will launch our new CDR strategy for Europe which sets forward concrete policy recommendations based on four pillars: compliance markets, deployment incentives, funding for R&D&I and justice-centred governance. Join us 19 March from…

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We must open the door to CDR policy opportunities and bridge the gap that separates the EU from the USA if we want to reach our global climate goals. Join us on online, 17 January at 16:30 CET (10:30 ET) as we speak with key CDR policy stakeholders and experts from both the EU and US. In this first webinar of our EU/USA comparison, we will be examining each region’s current policy landscape and the gaps in their approach to carbon removal. In doing so, we aim to identify means…

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