Carbon dioxide removals (CDR) are an important element of all scenarios compatible with the Paris Agreement. All existing CDR concepts have significant limitation but there is one no-regret option: the restoration of degraded ecosystems.
The new EU climate architecture should include a separate CDR target that builds primarily on restoring degraded ecosystems. This target should be legally binding and quantified – for the EU and Member States. It should not be a combined target which treats reductions and CDRs equally. This EU's CDR target should be enshrined in the European Climate Law.