The findings of the United Nations IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) are clear: without carbon dioxide removal (CDR) there is no realistic path for humanity to avoid catastrophic warming. CDR is now a critical complement to, not a substitute for, efforts to reduce emissions.
Today, we're removing virtually no carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and oceans, but by 2050, we’ll need to be capable of removing billions of tonnes of CO₂ each year just to avoid dangerous climate change. This requires us to consider the full range of proposed CDR techniques, from reforestation and soil sequestration to mineralisation, biomass carbon capture, and direct air capture. Only if we begin scaling up the full spectrum of proposed approaches now and over the next decade, in tandem with dramatic emissions cuts, will we stand a chance of stopping dangerous climate change.
Europe has an unparalleled track record of deploying incentives to scale-up key climate technologies. By supporting solar and wind energy early on, Europe was able to help bring down the cost of renewables so they could be rolled out around the world. No other region can match this contribution. But right now, there is little significant support for CDR by European governments and we need an independent organisation dedicated to changing that. There’s no time to wait for leadership from elsewhere: Europe is our best hope for making sure that CDR techniques can be deployed safely, affordably, and in time.
CDR techniques have the potential to significantly reduce climate risk to the benefit of everyone. However, it is essential that the risks and side-effects associated with these approaches be carefully considered. We need to ensure that the development of these approaches is not dominated by industry actors, who might seek to prioritise their interests at the expense of society as a whole.
Starting in the UK, our mission is to dramatically raise Europe's ambition to become a global leader in CDR. Our ethos is to remain pathway-neutral and inclusive, ushering in large-scale research funding, deployment incentives, and public acceptance of all effective CDR techniques. Equity and environmental justice are central to climate action and will be a key part of our mission.
With support from leading researchers, funding from established philanthropic organizations, and guidance from our successful partner advocacy organisations, we will:
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