Waste-to-Energy Association Welcomes EU’s Carbon Removals Certification Framework

Waste-to-Energy Association Welcomes EU's Carbon Removals Certification Framework - Carbon Herald

ESWET (European Suppliers of Waste-to-Energy Technology) lauded the provisional agreement between the European Council and the European Parliament on the Carbon Removals Certification Framework, particularly the recognition of biogenic permanent carbon removal.

In a statement published Tuesday, shortly after the announcement of the agreement, the association called the move a critical step in decarbonizing industry and meeting Europe’s climate goals.

Given the Commission’s proposed target of capturing 50 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually by 2030, the framework addresses the pressing need to incentivize carbon removal while establishing a robust monitoring and certification system.

ESWET placed particular significance on the recognition of biogenic permanent carbon removal, especially through technologies like bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), which can enable negative emissions in challenging sectors such as waste-to-energy.

By aligning carbon removal definitions with the standards established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the framework offers clarity to investors and emitters, fostering a harmonized international market for carbon removals.

Read more: EU Council And Parliament Reach Agreement On The Carbon Removal Certification Framework

With carbon capture technology poised to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, an enabling policy framework is crucial for its advancement, ESWET said.

The EU’s recent initiatives, including the Net Zero Industry Act and Industrial Carbon Management Strategy, demonstrate proactive steps towards industry decarbonization.

For the final agreement, ESWET urges the EU to ensure synergy between the new Carbon Removals Certification Framework and the Emissions Trading System (ETS), providing industries with incentives for carbon removal and expediting Europe’s journey towards net-zero emissions.

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