The EU’s Carbon Removal Certification Framework: political leadership or voluntary hurdle?

(EurActiv, 8 Dec 2022) The EU carbon removal framework has the right level of ambition, but needs clearer definitions and strategy to drive growth in this market, writes Victoria Harvey.

Victoria Harvey is carbon removal research associate for BeZero Carbon, a global ratings agency for the Voluntary Carbon Market.

Similar to the UK and US, the EU has now identified carbon removal as a major economic and climate opportunity to be grasped in the years to come. Last week’s release of the Carbon Removal Certification Framework (CRCF) was their first significant response.

While this is a welcome progression, to unlock the potential of the carbon removal market in the EU this new framework will need to be followed up with clear definitions, robust reporting requirements and detailed pathways for regulatory integration.

The CRCF offers a voluntary certification of EU carbon removal. It aims to accelerate the deployment of high-quality carbon removal and address growing greenwashing concerns in the new market by certifying projects.

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