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European Parliament adopts a new carbon removals EU certification scheme

The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday (10 April) a provisional political agreement with EU countries on a new voluntary certification framework for carbon removals, with 441 votes in favour, 139 against and 41 abstentions.

The legislation covers different types of carbon removals, namely permanent carbon storage through industrial technologies, carbon storage in long-lasting products and carbon farming. It aims to increase their use and improve the EU’s capacity to quantify, monitor and verify such activities in order to counter greenwashing.

“We delivered! I am very happy that the European Parliament has given its final green light to the Carbon Removal Certification Framework,” said Rapporteur Lídia Pereira after the vote. “I look forward to a future in which those who actively remove and store carbon get a proper incentive to do it. I am also thrilled to see that farmers can have an extra revenue stream for all their efforts! The Parliament was, once again, on the right side of history.”

The law now also has to be adopted by the Council of the EU, before being published in the EU Official Journal and entering into force 20 days later.

In April 2023, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on sustainable carbon cycles which stated that while the EU must always prioritise swift and predictable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, carbon removals must play a growing role in achieving EU climate neutrality by 2050 to balance out emissions that cannot be eliminated.

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