Members' Research Service By / January 31, 2023

A Union certification framework for carbon removals [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy podcast]

The European Green Deal, one of the six political priorities of the von der Leyen Commission, seeks to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

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Written by Liselotte Jensen (1st edition).

On 30 November 2022, as part of the European Green Deal, the Commission presented the legislative proposal for a Union certification framework for carbon removals. The initiative was first announced in the March 2020 new circular economy action plan and again highlighted in the climate target plan, as well as in the proposed ‘fit for 55’ revision of the regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), as an essential tool to drive progress towards the 2050 climate neutrality target. The stated aim of the initiative is to ensure high-quality EU certified carbon removals, through a transparent and credible governance framework. In doing so, this would open up the possibility for further investments towards carbon removal activities and increased deployment.

In Parliament, the file has been referred to the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Union certification framework for carbon removals
Committee responsible:Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)COM(2022) 672
Rapporteur:Lídia Pereira (EPP, Portugal)2020/ 394 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council on equal footing
– formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

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