The new IPCC report Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change has brought carbon removal to the centre stage of climate mitigation as an essential and unavoidable tool to achieve net-zero GHG emissions. Every five to seven years, the IPCC publishes comprehensive scientific assessment reports. Their previous, Fifth Assessment Report (2014), provided the main scientific input to the Paris Agreement. Since then, the IPCC has published three Special Reports: on
The first time I put together a visual on net-zero vocabulary was back in 2019. That slide went on to have a life of its own and was used in presentations by climate policy experts and as a learning tool for a wide range of stakeholders. Things have changed over the last couple of years and it is time for an update. Whenever net-zero targets are used, we have to
Let’s take a closer look at how removals are included in Europe’s sectoral climate policies today, what kind of proposals are currently on the table, and the options to include carbon removal in climate policy tools like the European Union Emissions Trading System. Where are the removals included today? The three pillars of the European Union climate policy are: 1) European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), which covers 40%
The Paris Agreement and subsequent IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C have motivated nations and corporates to take on net-zero targets. We have arrived in a new era of climate policy. Next to reducing emissions, this progress has sparked immense interest in carbon removal — the other part of climate change mitigation. Next to steep emission reductions required over the coming decades, carbon removal will become the main driver of climate ambition
15 December 2021 Europe is finally tackling the missing part in its climate policy toolbox – carbon removal. Next to steep emission reductions required over the next couple of decades, carbon removal will become the main driver of climate ambition before mid-century. In their Sustainable Carbon Cycles Communication, the European Commission outlines its vision as follows: “To reach the climate neutrality objective of the EU Climate Law, carbon removals will

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