On 2 February, Christan Holzleitner, the Head of Unit for Land Use and Finance for Innovation at DG CLIMA presented on the Commission’s proposal on the Communication on the Sustainable Carbon Cycles to the AGRI Committee at the European Parliament. Holzleitner’s presentation focused on how carbon farming could be promoted and how land managers could benefit from clear guidelines which would support and strengthen carbon markets. He said that the right certification system would be important for the system to work and that a public consultation would be opened for this. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.
The AGRI committee published the first part of amendments tabled on the revision of the REDIII. Several MEPs advocated for a fairer framework to ensure bioenergy operators are aligned with the transition. Once the full list of amendments will be available the Secretariat will share a more detailed analysis and planned next steps. For more information, please contact Irene di Padua.
The European Commission launched a call for evidence on the certification of carbon removals. Feedback can be submitted until 2 May 2022. The exercise will help assess the main objectives of the certification system framework, of which a proposal is expected by the Commission in Q4 2022. Additionally, the recordings and presentations from last week’s conference on Sustainable Carbon Cycles are available. For more information, please contact Michal Dlugosz.
On Tuesday, the first meeting of the newly established Task Force Carbon Dioxide Removal was held. Main points of discussion included a presentation of the task force, relevant legislative files and an exchange between participants on which legislative tool would serve best to support the deployment of BECCS and biochar. Slides can be found here. For more information, please contact Michal Dlugosz.