The European Union is debating whether to include carbon dioxide removal (CDR) as part of its 2030 targets on the road to climate neutrality by 2050. In our view, creating sustainable CDR could allow delivery of negative emissions at scale after 2030.
In October 2020, the European Parliament supported a 60% target for emissions reduction by 2030 without CDR. Last month, the European Council agreed to a 55% target that includes CDR. It will therefore be necessary to reconcile the two approaches.