As the European Union prepares for crucial inter-institutional negotiations on the Carbon Removal Certification Framework (CRCF), climate activists are raising concerns over the potential misuse of certified carbon absorption units. The Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) has sent an open letter to EU council negotiators, highlighting the urgent need to address these issues before the negotiations conclude on 19 February.
CAN Europe's Open Letter: The Imperative for Clear CRCF Guidelines
CAN Europe's open letter emphasizes the importance of strict utilization and accounting of units in the European Carbon Removal Certification Framework. The organization stresses that without proper guidelines, there is a risk of double counting or claiming of these units. These financial instruments, equivalent to a one-tonne reduction or absorption of carbon dioxide, play a significant role in the EU's climate goals.
The Concerns: Double Counting and Misuse of Carbon Absorption Units
The primary concern raised by CAN Europe revolves around the potential misuse of certified carbon absorption units. If not adequately addressed, there is a risk that these units could be double counted or claimed, undermining the integrity of the CRCF. Such misuse could lead to inaccurate assessments of the EU's progress towards its climate targets, potentially derailing its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Call to Action: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in the CRCF
CAN Europe calls upon EU council negotiators to prioritize transparency and accountability in the CRCF. This includes establishing clear guidelines for the usage and accounting of carbon absorption units. By doing so, the EU can ensure that its climate goals are met in a responsible and verifiable manner. As the world watches the EU's progress in combating climate change, the stakes have never been higher.
In the cacophony of climate negotiations, the voices of CAN Europe and other NGOs serve as a crucial reminder of the need for integrity and transparency in the CRCF. As the EU moves forward with its carbon removal certification process, it must heed these warnings to ensure that its efforts contribute to genuine progress in the fight against climate change.