EU needs a ‘real’ CO2 removal policy on path to net-zero, say researchers

Published 18:41 on July 3, 2020  /  Last updated at 20:34 on July 3, 2020  /  EMEA, EU ETS  /  1 Comment

The EU must start paying attention to research and development for CO2 removal methods if it wants to reach its climate neutrality target, a study presented on Thursday found.

The EU must start paying attention to research and development for CO2 removal methods if it wants to reach its climate neutrality target, a study presented on Thursday found.

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  1. What is seldom noted is that protection of forests, as well as adapting the forestry methods for biodiversity reasons, as a side-effect might increase the carbon pools considerably. According to estimations from the Swedish Forestry Agency existing nature reserves together with minor areas preserved in managed forests in Sweden are expected to store more than 1 billion metric tonnes of CO2 in living trees over the next century. On top of that, increasing volumes of dead trees will add another couple of hundreds of millions of tonnes. This is probably not enough to comply with the biodiversity targets, but illustrates the carbon removal potential from nature conservation efforts.

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