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EU Must Make Carbon Removal Certificates Robust, Timmermans Says

  • Climate chief likens plans to setting up of emissions trading
  • Key challenge is how to make CO2 removal accounting credible

The European Union must rapidly come up with plans to certify the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere in order to bolster the bloc’s plans to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century, according to climate chief Frans Timmermans.

“We need to do something urgently,” he said during a virtual conference on sustainable carbon cycles. “It has to be workable for the individual farmer and the accounting has to be credible.”