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Project

C-SINK – Creating a Standardized and Transparent European Carbon Dioxide Removal Market

The project C-SINK is dedicated to establishing a standardized and transparent Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) market, supporting the responsible implementation of CDR methods in the EU and globally. As part of C-SINK, SEI is set to conduct an assessment to understand public knowledge and perspectives regarding the effects of CDR methods, crucial for ensuring their wider acceptance and implementation.

Active project

2023–2027

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In its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), underscores the necessity of Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) methods to achieve net negative CO2 emissions by mid-century. To address this challenge, the Horizon Europe-funded project ‘C-SINK’ aims to complement ongoing global mitigation efforts through the responsible deployment of CDR techniques. This ambitious initiative brings together 24 organizations from 11 countries, focusing on the development and assessment of various CDR techniques. These include artificial soils, biological CO2 fixation, biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), biochar, and enhanced weathering.

Across Europe, a series of pilot studies are underway to evaluate the efficacy of various CDR techniques. This includes an evaluation of their technical efficiency but also their broader social, environmental, and economic impacts. This thorough evaluation is essential to fully understand the range of potential outcomes associated with CDR. The insights gained from these pilots will inform the development of a robust Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) preliminary standard. This pre-standard will be complemented by a series of policy and regulation recommendations to facilitate the establishment of a comprehensive regulatory and legal framework for CDR techniques. Such a framework is crucial for ensuring the credibility and long-term viability of CDR.

As part of C-SINK’s endeavours, SEI will perform social impact and acceptability assessments across diverse European locations and encompassing various CDR techniques. The primary objective of these assessments is to gain insights into the public’s awareness and views of CDR techniques and their potential impacts. By providing a nuanced understanding of the public’s knowledge and perceptions, SEI’s work will play a pivotal role in shaping effective strategies ensuring that CDR techniques are not only technologically sound but also socially viable, to address the ongoing climate crisis.

Project team

Fedra Vanhuyse
Fedra Vanhuyse

Head of Division: Societies, Climate and Policy Support

SEI Headquarters

Marina Paulin
Martina Paulin

Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Tina Sendlhofer
Tina Sendlhofer

Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Shogofa Rezaie
Shogofa Rezaie

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Matilda Gunnarsson
Matilda Gunnarsson

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

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C-SINK is funded by Horizon Europe, the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Neither the European Union nor CINEA can be held responsible for them.

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