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Carbon Neutrality

During 2018, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has been revised, and the EU has also envisaged that carbon dioxide removal (CDR) may be deployed post-2040 in its long-term targets to address climate change. EASAC contributed to debate within the EU through its analyses of the net climate impacts of forest bioenergy use (EASAC Report 32 and 2018 statement on carbon neutrality], and the potential for CDR through the application of negative emission technologies (NET) (EASAC Report 35). Since these reports were published, scientific papers have continued to emerge, and analyses have been completed by the IPCC and other national academies, so we decided to update our earlier analyses in the light of recent increases in scientific knowledge. A statement is thus in preparation reviewing and updating our conclusions on forest bioenergy, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and NETs. This update is particularly relevant in the light of the EU’s commitment (with other High Ambition Coalition group countries) at the COP24 meeting in Poland to toughen existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to stay within the 1.5C Paris Agreement target.

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