19.07.2021

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Bellona: Fit for 2030 series: A Slow and Steady start for CDR in the EU

"Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) has recently emerged as an integral component of the EU’s climate neutrality goal. Within the European Climate Law, which sets this goal into EU law, the contribution of removals via the land sink are explicitly mentioned and kept separate from the need to reduce emissions in the run up to 2030.  Overall, the Commission’s approach to CDR governance is off to an acceptable start. Land-based emissions and removals are isolated and no major ‘faux-pas’ has been made on engineered removals. That said, most of the important decisions are yet to come and how these will be made remains to be seen."

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19.07.2021

# Political Papers

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Hydrogen4EU (2021): Charting Pathways to Enable Net Zero

Hydrogen4EU (2021): Charting Pathways to Enable Net Zero. Hydrogen for Europe study.

"This joint modelling effort is among the first to consider explicitly the latest European targets (e.g. the 55% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050). It allows for an analysis of hydrogen’s potential with a detailed technological, sectoral and geographic scope, including 27 European countries and considering the potential of hydrogen imports from North Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Ukraine."

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07.07.2021

# New Publications

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Negri, Valentina; et al. (2021): Life cycle optimization of BECCS supply chains in the European Union

Negri, Valentina; Galán-Martín, Ángel; Pozo, Carlos; Fajardy, Mathilde; Reiner, David M.; Mac Dowell, Niall; Guillén-Gosálbez, Gonzalo (2021): Life cycle optimization of BECCS supply chains in the European Union. In Applied Energy 298, p. 117252. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.117252.

"We here explore the complexity of the infrastructures involved in realizing a large-scale system and the sequestration potential of bioenergy in Europe. Starting from a minimum cost scenario, we develop cost-optimal solutions that minimize the environmental impact of the overall BECCS supply chain according to the life cycle impact assessment methodology."

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10.06.2021

# New Publications

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Rickels, Wilfried; et al. (2021): Integrating Carbon Dioxide Removal into European Emissions Trading

Rickels, Wilfried; Proelss, Alexander; Geden, Oliver; Burhenne, Julian; Fridahl, Mathias (2021): Integrating Carbon Dioxide Removal into European Emissions Trading. In Front. Clim. 3, p. 62. DOI: 10.3389/fclim.2021.690023.

"Here, we conceptually discuss various economic, legal, and political challenges surrounding the integration of CRCs into the EU ETS. To analyze cap-and-trade systems encompassing negative emissions, we introduce the effective (elastic) cap resulting from the integration of CRCs in addition to the regulatory (inelastic) cap, the latter now being binding for the net emissions only."

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07.06.2021

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European Commission: Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst announce new partnership to support investments in clean technologies for low-carbon industries

"Presented on the occasion of the sixth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting, the new partnership aims to mobilise new investments of up to €820 million/$1 billion between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies – lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement."

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11.05.2021

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Berkeley: Researchers outline strategy for biomass carbon capture in Europe

"Two researchers affiliated with the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, alum Lorenzo Rosa and assistant Cooperative Extension specialist Daniel Sanchez, are co-authors on a new study that calculates the potential of one such technology in Europe. The technology involves a combination of biomass energy generation with the capture and storage of CO2, or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)."

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10.05.2021

# Political Papers

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EU: Proposal on the European Climate Law reflecting the agreement between the European Parliament and Council

"The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990."

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10.05.2021

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Blog: climateworks: New EU climate law delivers innovative policy framework to advance carbon removal and avoid moral hazard

"As world governments grapple with the need for carbon dioxide removal — a set of climate tools deemed necessary by the U.S. Special Climate Envoy John Kerry — the EU approach to policy design offers important lessons for other governments looking to responsibly research and deploy carbon dioxide removal."

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29.04.2021

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European Commission: Climate Action: Commission sets the carbon farming initiative in motion

"Today the European Commission published the final report of a two-year study on how to set up and implement carbon farming in the EU."

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26.04.2021

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Bellona Press Release: The EU Climate Law delivers the world’s largest climate framework law but falls short of delivering climate ambition

"The European Climate Law is a much-needed framework that sets the EU on a path to climate neutrality by 2050 and seeks to create the framework for successfully implementing the Paris Agreement by the European Union Member States."

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