EU could catch up with North America on carbon removal, experts say

(EurActiv, 25 Jul 2022) Europe is “behind” North America in developing carbon removal disclosure technologies, but French-German scepticism seems to be waning according to stakeholders at an event on Wednesday (20 July) in Paris, attended by EURACTIV.

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At the event organised by the Zenon Research and Carbon Gap, attendants and panellists discussed the potential of carbon capture and storage to reach the various carbon neutrality targets, including the ones set by the EU.

“Even if we can think that Europe is ahead on climate issues, on the CDR, we are a little bit behind, especially compared to the USA”, said Benjamin Tincq, Carbon Gap’s launch manager and panellist at the event.

Reforestation, filtering CO2 in the air, increasing soil capacity, rock mineralisation and storing long-lasting products like wood are all possible carbon capture and storage techniques, as cited in a noteshared at the event in Paris.

EU targets

Carbon neutrality must be reached in the EU by 2050, according to bloc targets and in terms of carbon capture and storage, the Commission has set the target of 310 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year (MteqCO2/year) for land-based storage by 2030.

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