CO2 removal is becoming a central part of climate action, but relevant policy frameworks of EU Member States are patchy. Basics of good regulation are often missing: goals and strategy. Member States also lack the necessary political debate on CO2 removal (CDR).
This is a problem. It is unlikely that the deployment of CDR at the required scales will happen as a side effect of other policies. Large-scale CDR deployment will not happen by accident, but needs time, incentives, and clear rules. Without strategic orientation, it is also hard to balance the multiple implications of each CDR option for societies, economies and ecosystems.
Member States' CDR strategies could be a first step to trigger the necessary public debate and to help create an adequate framework for CO2 removal.
The report "Carbon Dioxide Removals in EU Member States" is available for download.
You can download the presentation held by Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf at the "Carbon Dioxide Removals in EU Member States" webinar that was held on 6 October 2022.