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Net Zero Industry Act: Europe in the race for cleantech

The European Union still has a lot of work to do. Yesterday the European Commission published its Net Zero Industry Act, a piece of its response to the American Inflation Reduction Act, a necessary but still insufficient building block to keep the European Union in global cleantech race. It will also have to complete a number of directives and regulations to deliver its Green Deal. The EU election in 2024 is fast approaching, time is of the essence. 


This week, I4CE offers you an overview of its research work on EU policies. In our newsletter, you will discover our latest analyses and a new OpEd by Thomas Pellerin Carlin on European cleantech investments.



Europe needs an investment plan to win the global cleantech race

As anyone who has marvelled at professional cyclists vying for position knows, the decisions competitors take challenges the strategy of those following close behind. Since August 2022 and the US Inflation Reduction Act, it’s safe to say the global cleantech race has moved up a gear. In the marathon that is the global cleantech race, the EU benefits from the most developed set of climate regulations and carbon pricing in the world. However, it lacks the investment plan that China and the US now have on offer, according to Thomas Pellerin Carlin from I4CE in this oped for Euractiv.


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Building an EU Cleantech Investment Plan to match the US Inflation Reduction Act


This I4CE brief published few weeks ago argues that the best EU policy answer to the Inflation Reduction Action is an EU longterm climate investment plan. As the political appetite for such a plan is currently limited, the European Commission should use the political momentum to propose a targeted investment plan that focuses on the development, scale-up, manufacturing and deployment of clean technologies in the EU. It identifies three first bricks that can already be laid out to build this plan.


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Carbon certification: the commission publishes a stringent certification framework that should also be appealing

The future European carbon certification framework is the subject of heated debate. Beyond the criticisms of the expert group responsible for assisting the Commission, the purpose of this future certification raises questions: will it only be used for voluntary compensation? The Commission remains vague at this stage and, worried, the NGOs instinctively put the brakes on. They insist on the risks of the long-term non-permanence of carbon stored by soils and forests, as do the CCS industrialists. An unlikely alliance that could lead to the exclusion of natural carbon sinks from future certification. We invite you to read this blog post on the Commission’s carbon certification proposal by Claudine Foucherot from I4CE.


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Climate transition plans for banks: EU legislators on a razor’s edge


The requirement for climate transition plans for banks is making its way into the regulatory debate. It could be a game changer in terms of climate risk management and the alignment of financial flows towards the climate transition of the economy. But if the principle of transition plans is taken up by the Commission, the Council and the Parliament, the exact wording differs in terms of ambition and clarity. In this OpEd, Anuschka Hilke from I4CE identifies three parameters that need to be clarified in the trialogue negotiations for these plans to make a real difference.


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To learn more
  • 04/11/2024
    I4CE’s recommendations to the Basel Committee on the disclosure of climate-related risks

    After a first step in 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking supervision is finally moving towards regulation for climate-related risks. Founded in 1974, this forum brings together financial supervisors of the G20 countries and establishes the common standards for financial stability. Two years ago, the Committee published a consultative document on the principles of climate […]

  • 03/15/2024 Foreword of the week
    Certification framework: the devil is in the details

    A few days after the conclusion of negotiations on the European Union’s carbon removals certification Framework (CRCF), I4CE helped organise the European Carbon Farming Summit in Valencia, as part of the CREDIBLE project. The high level of stakeholder participation at the summit testifies to the expectations that this new tool will contribute to a better economic valuation of carbon farming practices. The summit raised high hopes for improving and harmonising carbon measurement to certify projects, in particular through remote sensing, in a sector where there is a great deal of uncertainty. While it is vital to improve measurement and monitoring, uncertainty must not be allowed to justify inaction, and the key is to find the right balance between cost and accuracy.

  • 02/29/2024 Blog post
    European certification framework: a high-quality outline that does not guarantee the value of the final picture

    The European co-legislators have just reached an agreement on the content of the future European Carbon Removal Certification Framework (CRCF). Negotiations were swift and fruitful, against a backdrop of a general step back in the adoption of the various Green Deal texts. While today sees environmental issues played off against farmer’s livelihoods, this draft regulation brings these two elements together to create the conditions for investment in the transition of agriculture and forestry sectors. However, several details still need to be clarified to ensure that this framework actually enables effective and ambitious climate financing.

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