Increasing Carbon Dioxide Removal from the atmosphere is an essential part of the global fight to limit temperature rise to 1.5C and stop runaway climate change.
In this context the European Commission’s proposal for a Carbon Removal Certification Framework (CRCF) could potentially be a useful instrument and set a good example internationally.
Unfortunately, the current proposal falls short. It fails to define important concepts, leaving most of the details to be established by the Commission later through delegated acts. It also fails to specify how these certificates might be used, nor does it establish robust safeguards to avoid undermining climate action and harmful impacts on nature and avoid potential greenwashing.
We highlight the top priorities
that the Parliament and Council should address in order to make the CRCF fit for purpose.