21.09.2020

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Euractiv: Commission under fire for including ‘carbon sinks’ into EU climate goals

"The European Commission on Thursday (17 September) defended its plan to bring carbon removals from agriculture, land use and forestry into the EU’s updated climate target for 2030, saying this was in line with UNFCCC standards."

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18.09.2020

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The Herald: Scotland should become 'carbon capture hub' for Europe as part of climate strategy

"The head of the independent body set up to advise governments on the climate emergency has suggested Scotland could become a carbon capture “hub” for the rest of Europe as part of plans to transform into a zero carbon economy."

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14.09.2020

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Energy Voice: Europe could see $35bn in CCS spending till 2035, with UK dominating

"It’s been a long and costly two decades of carbon capture and storage (CCS) studies and test centers. Now Europe has reached a stage where big-scale developments make financial sense and could trigger up to $35 billion in development spending until 2035 – by which time as much as 75 million tonnes of CO2 could be captured and stored per year on the continent, a Rystad Energy analysis shows."

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14.09.2020

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IEAGHG Information Paper (2020): CCUS in the EU Recovery Plan

"This €750 billion package – along with a revamped work programme for 2021-2027 totalling €1.1 trillion – pledges to keep the allocated spending on climate mitigation at 25%. Could this new recovery plan help to facilitate the large-scale deployment of CCS to reach our climate mitigation goals?"

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09.09.2020

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EU Press Release: EU Climate law: Laying down the path to achieve climate neutrality by 2050

"The Agriculture Committee called on Monday for a 55% emission reduction target for 2030, a potential intermediary 2040 target and a proper EU funding to achieve them."

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09.09.2020

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Rickels, Wilfried; et al. (2020): The Future of (Negative) Emissions Trading in the European Union

Rickels, Wilfried; Proelss, Alexander; Geden, Oliver; Burhenne, Julian; Fridahl, Mathias (2020): The Future of (Negative) Emissions Trading in the European Union. In Kiel Working Paper (2164).

"This conceptual paper explores various design options for integrating negative emissions technologies (NETs) into the EU ETS. We discuss their potential implications for emissions trading at large and address the specificity of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS); repealing the provision that installations exclusively using biomass are not covered by the ETS Directive, BE(CCS) installations could in principle fall within the scope of the ETS Directive."

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31.08.2020

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European Academies’ Science Advisory Council: Emissions Trading System: Stop Perverse Climate Impact of Biomass by Radically Reforming CO2 Accounting Rules

"Several European countries who are considered leaders in climate protection owe their apparently good emission reductions to biomass. These might turn out to look quite different in the future, if carbon-accounting under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) were to be based on science and the real effects on climate. As the European Commission works on a revision of its central climate policy tool, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council suggests a radically new standard."

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27.07.2020

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Bellona: Why we need transparency on Carbon Dioxide Removal

"Now is the opportunity for the EU to take leadership in defining what CDR is and how it will contribute to the EU’s climate goals. Failing do so will leave a gap for false solutions and dubious accounting, jeopardising the entirety of EU climate action."

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23.07.2020

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FlightGlobal: UK government consults on post-Brexit ETS replacement

"Aviation emissions could be included in a new carbon tax under consideration by the UK government to replace the EU Emissions Trading System, which the country is set to leave when its Brexit transition period ends on 31 December."

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20.07.2020

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Zero Emisssions Platform (2020): Europe needs a definition of Carbon Dioxide Removal

Zero Emisssions Platform (2020): Europe needs a definition of Carbon Dioxide Removal. Brussels.

"This report provides clear and concise definitions of commonly used terms around Carbon Dioxide Removal, to give an overview of existing technologies and their potential for emissions reduction, to identify some examples of European industrial plants that could go carbon negative and to advocate for European CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, a real enabler for large-scale carbon dioxide removals."

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