Commission Welcomes Political Agreement on EU-wide Certification Scheme for Carbon Removals

Feb 20, 2024

The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the first EU-wide voluntary framework for the certification of high-quality carbon removals. 

This certification framework will boost innovative carbon removal technologies and carbon farming which contribute to the EU’s climate, environmental and zero-pollution goals. This new framework will help the EU to reach climate neutrality by certifying carbon removals and carbon farming to ensure that they are transparent and trusted, preventing greenwashing and creating new business opportunities. Today’s agreement sets out certification rules for:

  • Carbon farming, such as restoring forests and soils and avoiding soil emissions, rewetting of peatlands, more efficient use of fertilizers, and other innovative farming practices;
  • Industrial carbon removals, such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or direct air carbon capture and storage;
  • Binding carbon in long-lasting products and materials, such as wood-based construction materials or biochar.

The provisionally agreed Regulation will improve the EU’s capacity to quantify, monitor and verify the authenticity of all these forms of carbon removals. In particular, it sets out rules to recognise certification schemes that demonstrate compliance with the EU framework, and a specific set of criteria to ensure the high-quality of carbon removals and the transparency and credibility of the certification process.

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Learn more about the EU’s Carbon Removal Certifications