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Info materials 21 December 2022

Sustainable Carbon Cycles Policy Brief assesses status of carbon removal technologies in broader R&I implications

The latest SUPEERA Policy Brief focuses on the EC Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles released in December 2021, having as a main goal to create resilient and sustainable carbon capture, storage and use practices in the EU.

The document looks primarily at the perspectives brought forward by the carbon removal technologies of Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS), Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS) and Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) in their research and innovation implications. These include the need to advance knowledge on the development of transport and storage infrastructures, data collection systems and social acceptance: all key elements for the above-mentioned technologies to be exploited at their full potential.

The document points out that whilst progress in those areas requires first and foremost a firm funding commitment to R&I, concerted action from industry, policymakers and other stakeholders in the field will be equally important for carbon removals to represent a successful option when it comes to achieving EU climate neutrality by 2050 and net-negative emissions after 2050, as mandated under the EU Climate Law.

Read the policy brief here.