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Carbon Dioxide Removal Certification – What is it and why is it needed?

December 21, 2022 Category: Policy Work Area: Carbon Capture
CDR certification

This factsheet, produced in partnership with Bellona Europe and Carbon Gap, shows the need for carbon removal in order to reach our climate goals and why effective certification is important to develop them at sufficient scale.

To ensure environmental and consumer protection, stakeholders need to measure, validate, and certify carbon removals. Presently, there is a lack of common rules and standards on accounting, and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), and the definition of carbon removals. Creating an effective certification framework can ensure that only high-quality and reliable carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is credited. This is a first step toward helping the EU and other jurisdictions recognise and reward CDR without hampering decarbonisation, thereby aiding in the scale-up of carbon removals.

The factsheet offers a necessary summary on the basics of CDR and the quality criteria for an effective certification system.

Updated 11 January 2023