Climate Change https://www.iatp.org/ en Thu, 22 Dec 2022 18:53:05 +0000 IATP Comments on Implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act https://www.iatp.org/iatp-comments-implementation-inflation-reduction-act <div class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss field-primary-category-agriculture has-field-primary-category no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about/staff/michael-happ" hreflang="en">Michael Happ</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>IATP submitted the following comment to the Natural Resources Conservation Service on implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). </em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy believes that the U.S. Department of Agriculture should move swiftly to ensure funds dedicated through the Inflation Reduction Act truly address the climate crisis. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>IATP applauds USDA for looking into how best to help farmers mitigate climate change. There must be another leg to this stool to make it sturdier, however – climate resilience. While we too are hopeful that emissions are reduced enough to help solve the climate crisis, we are also preparing for a warming world where farmers will need to cope with increased (and more intense) droughts, floods, wildfires, and declining water quality and quantity. We hope that USDA is able to help farmers pay for practices that are resilient – that help farmers work with nature and adapt to new climate realities. This might mean planting new and more diversified crops, opting for more drought or flood-resilient varieties, or converting some land to wetland, grassland, or forested land. We applaud the inclusion of such systems approaches in your CSAF Mitigation Activities list. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What are key metrics to successful IRA implementation?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In our view, when determining whether IRA money is successful in addressing the climate crisis, the following must be addressed:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Practices should be available to farms of all sizes and capital flow;</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Climate mitigation priorities should not cause or lead to other environmental harms, such as water or air pollution;</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Prioritization for resilience, maximizing co-benefits of emissions reduction and climate adaptation;</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>Long-term benefit, ensuring benefits are not easily reversed by changes in climate.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Without these metrics, any climate benefits will be short-lived and be limited in scope in a time where widespread adoption of climate tools are necessary.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Improving existing tools</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>COMET-Farm and COMET Planner are good tools to help estimate greenhouse gas emission reduction through various practices. While these are good estimating tools, there is still much we don’t understand about carbon sequestration, particularly over the long-term, so they should not be used for precise measurements for uses such as carbon offset markets/credits. As our knowledge of carbon sequestration improves, we encourage USDA to adjust the tool to reflect the latest science, especially as it relates to organic and pasture-based systems. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>While the role USDA practices have with GHG reductions is still being studied, USDA should look at emissions in a holistic way – not only focusing on practices, enhancements, and bundles that capture carbon from the atmosphere, but also methods of keeping carbon from reaching the atmosphere in the first place, like conserving existing wetlands, forest lands, peat lands, and grasslands. We need a systems-based approach to help farmers, especially since they are often required to think about their operations at a systems-level. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We also encourage the continued improvement of the Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART) to make ranking criteria transparent for farmers and reward projects with climate mitigation and adaptation at their core. If the process for accessing NRCS conservation programs is fair and simple, farmers will be more likely to want to enroll their land in these programs. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Opening the door for closed out farmers</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We encourage USDA to take a look at the applications to CSP and EQIP that were rejected over the past few years, and help connect these growers to the programs listed in USDA’s Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Mitigation Activities list (with some exceptions).<sup>1</sup> According to USDA’s own data, between 2010 and 2020, just 31% of EQIP applicants and 42% of CSP applicants were awarded contracts, with some states approving much lower percentages.<sup>2</sup> Turned away farmers can be low-hanging fruit when it comes to connecting climate-friendly practices to eager stewards of the land. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>To continue reading, please <a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-12/IRA%20Comments_Institute%20for%20Agriculture%20and%20Trade%20Policy.pdf">download a PDF</a>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-12/IRA%20Comments_Institute%20for%20Agriculture%20and%20Trade%20Policy.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=244534" title="Open file in new window" target="_blank" data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="bottom">IRA Comments_Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.pdf</a></span><span class="file-size">238.8 KB</span></span></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Primary category</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/agriculture2" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Dec 2022 18:53:05 +0000 cecelia brackey 44897 at https://www.iatp.org [WATCH] IATP: Transforming food systems for people & the planet https://www.iatp.org/iatp-transforming-food-systems-people-planet <span>[WATCH] IATP: Transforming food systems for people &amp; the planet</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><iframe src="/media/oembed?url=https%3A//youtu.be/c4Uggjv8FQ8&amp;max_width=854&amp;max_height=480&amp;hash=DNWptLtS1Bnx5TLg2O2CtGncyvmHbaYn2wwy7GOGEv4" frameborder="0" allowtransparency width="854" height="480" class="media-oembed-content" title="IATP: Transforming food systems for people &amp; the planet"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/34897" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">cecelia brackey</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/20/2022 - 12:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Since the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's founding in 1986, we have fought alongside allies for food systems that work for people and the planet. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in Washington, D.C. and Berlin, Germany, IATP brings together policy experts united by a shared passion for healthy, just and resilient food systems. We've always been ahead of the curve, connecting the dots between local, national and global policies and their impacts of people's lives and the environment.</p></div> Tue, 20 Dec 2022 18:34:34 +0000 cecelia brackey 44895 at https://www.iatp.org IATP Letter to the CFTC Regarding the Agricultural Advisory Committee Meeting https://www.iatp.org/iatp-letter-cftc-regarding-agricultural-advisory-committee-meeting <div class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss field-primary-category-agriculture has-field-primary-category no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about/staff/dr-steve-suppan" hreflang="en">Dr. Steve Suppan</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>The following letter was sent to Robert Sidman, deputy secretary of the <span><span><span>Commodity Futures Trading Commission </span></span></span>on December 14, 2022. Watch the recording of the Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting on December 7 on YouTube </em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm9k55sIVus"><em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><span><span><span>Dear Mr. Sidman,</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)<sup>1</sup> appreciated the opportunity to view the AAC meeting on December 7 and is grateful for the opportunity to submit these comments about the meeting and future possible topics for the AAC’s consideration. IATP last wrote to the Commission in response to its Request for Information (RFI) regarding climate-related financial risk.<sup>2</sup> A few of our responses to Commission questions concerned agricultural derivatives contracts. Save in one instance, we will not cite or paraphrase from that letter, but refer you to our answers to questions 1, 4 and 12. (IATP summarized responses from some of the 77 commenters to the RFI, some of whom threatened to sue the agency or discouraged the Commission from taking any regulatory action regarding climate-related financial risk in derivatives markets.<sup>3</sup>)</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em>Comments on the AAC meeting</em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The following comments rely on our notes since the meeting webcast has not been archived yet and the presenters’ slide decks have not yet been posted. Happily, the Chair and Commissioners’ opening statements have been posted.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>At the outset of the meeting Chair Rostin Behnam said, “We have an aggressive agenda for our short meeting today.”<sup>4</sup> However, to judge by the meeting presentations and the very short time for AAC members to ask questions and propose topics for the next AAC meeting, the wealth of information presented often was not relevant to advising the CFTC on a regulatory agenda, much less an aggressive one, or studies and data collection related to such an agenda. Rather, the overall message of the meeting seemed to be that everything in agriculture derivatives trading is under control, but further improvements are possible. This was the message that IATP took away from the Chair’s characterization of recent market functioning: </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Before moving forward, looking back on the last several years of historically high [price] volatility in response to the global pandemic, various extreme weather events, and geopolitical issues, the agricultural futures markets have continuously provided transparent price discovery and accurately reflected supply and demand fundamentals with [cash and futures price] convergence at expiry [of a futures contract].  Our goal should not be limited to ensuring that the derivatives markets continue to serve their risk management and price basis functions.  We should examine and explore ways that we can build even greater resilience, usability, access, and availability into our markets and market structures so that the benefits can reach the widest breadth of potential users and market participants.<sup>5</sup></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Members of the congressional agriculture committees that review the CFTC’s budget proposal and agency performance will find in this praise for futures market performance reason to support an agency that delegates its authority to exchanges according to “principles-based regulation.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>To continue reading the letter, please <a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-12/CFTC%20AAC%2012.14.22.pdf">download a PDF</a>. </strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-12/CFTC%20AAC%2012.14.22.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=176043" title="Open file in new window" target="_blank" data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="bottom">CFTC AAC 12.14.22.pdf</a></span><span class="file-size">171.92 KB</span></span></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Primary category</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/agriculture2" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Dec 2022 23:08:39 +0000 cecelia brackey 44890 at https://www.iatp.org Can we stop trading in deforestation? https://www.iatp.org/can-we-stop-trading-deforestation <span>Can we stop trading in deforestation?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/34897" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">cecelia brackey</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/14/2022 - 13:23</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>The expansion of agriculture commodity production, often for export, is the biggest driver of deforestation in the world, whether it is more land for cattle, soy for animal feed or palm oil plantations. Countries that import those agriculture commodities are starting to grapple with their responsibility for deforestation, the impacts on forest communities and associated greenhouse gas emissions. New rules governing trade in products contributing to deforestation are coming and could have big implications for agriculture supply chains.  </span></span></span></p></div> Wed, 14 Dec 2022 19:23:40 +0000 cecelia brackey 44887 at https://www.iatp.org COP27 debrief: What’s at stake on agriculture and climate in the coming year? https://www.iatp.org/cop27-debrief-agriculture-climate <span>COP27 debrief: What’s at stake on agriculture and climate in the coming year?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/34897" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">cecelia brackey</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/12/2022 - 10:59</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span><span><span>Introduction</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Governments met at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from November 6-20 in a context of </span><span lang="EN-GB" lang="EN-GB" lang="EN-GB"><a href="https://www.iatp.org/cop27-2022">converging climate and food system crises</a></span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p></div> Mon, 12 Dec 2022 16:59:15 +0000 cecelia brackey 44883 at https://www.iatp.org Talking COP27 Episode 4: The fight for real climate action continues https://www.iatp.org/blog/talking-cop27-episode-4 <span>Talking COP27 Episode 4: The fight for real climate action continues</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/34898" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lilly Richard</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/07/2022 - 18:04</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2>Uprooted: Talking COP27</h2> <h3>Episode 4: The fight for real climate action continues</h3> <p>After an extended negotiation, COP27 concluded on November 20th with, for the most part, a disappointing outcome. Despite the hopeful decision to create a dedicated Loss and Damage fund for countries most impacted by climate disasters, COP27's final agreement fell short of what we need to keep the planet under 1.5 C degrees of warming. In our final episode of the series, we discuss how the conference played out, and what's next in the fight for real climate action.</p> <p> </p></div> Thu, 08 Dec 2022 00:04:55 +0000 Lilly Richard 44881 at https://www.iatp.org EU Commission Publishes CO2 Removals Proposal — Real Zero Europe Reacts https://www.iatp.org/eu-commission-publishes-co2-removals-proposal-real-zero-europe-reacts <div class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss field-primary-category-climate-change has-field-primary-category has-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Brussels</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span>—</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The European Commission today delivered a proposal for a new legislative framework to certify carbon removal offsets.</span></span></span></span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Members of <strong>Real Zero Europe</strong>, a coalition campaign that together with over 200 European and international organisations, issued a </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.realsolutions-not-netzero.org/real-zero-europe&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1669822053862656&amp;usg=AOvVaw3hUzbO3Ufjtx6rOx2b9f2O">statement</a></span></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span>on Monday highlighting the danger of the EU net zero strategy’s reliance on carbon offsets, responded:</span></span></span></span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Lucy Cadena, coordinator of the Real Zero Europe campaign</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span>, said: “Instead of tackling climate breakdown head on, the Commission’s proposal could jeopardise our chances of keeping below 1.5 degrees of warming. They claimed that this framework would regulate removals to avoid greenwash — yet it opens up space for more fossil fuel prolonging technologies like carbon dioxide removal and carbon capture and storage. Pushed by big polluters, this risks propelling the planet past a point of no return.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“As expected, the Commission’s proposal on carbon farming is a gift to agrochemical, food and drink and fossil fuel corporations alike — creating a broad all-encompassing framework for carbon offsets from land,” <strong>said Shefali Sharma, Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s European Office.</strong></span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span>“We saw unprecedented wildfires in Europe this past summer that call into question the entire premise that such carbon credits could ever be worth the paper they were written on. The Commission expects an opaque undemocratic expert group to resolve these outstanding critical issues of reversibility, permanence and genuine climate ambition. But this just serves to further weaken confidence in the Commission’s commitment to its own European Green Deal.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Lili Fuhr, Deputy Director of the Climate &amp; Energy Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)</strong>, said: "The European Commission’s proposal to certify carbon removals offsets goes against what science tells us is necessary and possible to limit warming to 1.5°C. By betting on fossil fuel prolonging technologies like carbon capture and storage, speculative carbon dioxide removals, and land offsets, this proposal undermines the EU’s own commitment to the European Green Deal. The only certain path to avoid temperature overshoot and irreversible impacts is a rapid fossil phase-out and a fast, just, and equitable energy transition. We need the EU to back real climate solutions."</p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Notes for editors:</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Monday, Real Zero Europe released </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.realsolutions-not-netzero.org/real-zero-europe&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1669822053863838&amp;usg=AOvVaw2VkGbmmL5QjZZdtdkI4SYh"><span>a public statement</span></a></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> signed by over 200 organisations, condemning the Commission’s proposal.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On the same day, IATP released </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.iatp.org/big-corporations-driving-eus-carbon-farming-agenda&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1669822053864140&amp;usg=AOvVaw3LJ5N0xygzSAUmsBY7Hauw"><span>a report</span></a></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> that revealed the influence of big corporations on the Commission’s carbon removals proposal.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A quote sheet from Monday’s press release is available </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vSz1wX1gKwsMf3vngnMONHHXJay5_22Pvf__Y9gdhizmayM_rBxOEMyAukHYNqPUPK5OxldNNhZ1WOq/pub&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1669822053864474&amp;usg=AOvVaw0pt_lBIPA4M4YOuwD0RHGM"><span>here</span></a></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Press contacts:</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For further comments and information and to be connected to one of our spokespeople, please contact:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lucy Hall, Press Officer at Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO): </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>lucy(at)corporateeurope.org</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Rossella Recupero, Communications Associate at the Center for International Environmental Law: </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>rrecupero(at)ciel.org</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/Real%20Zero%20Europe_Reaction%20to%20proposal_30%20November%202022_0.pdf">Download the press release</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Primary category</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Teaser image</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/media/11480" hreflang="en">Carbon pollution</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 14:36:08 +0000 cecelia brackey 44876 at https://www.iatp.org Real Zero Europe Statement https://www.iatp.org/real-zero-europe-statement <div class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss field-primary-category-climate-change has-field-primary-category has-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>To avoid the worst effects of climate chaos, we must radically transform, equitably and justly, the way we produce our food, manage our ecosystems, and power our economies. We must urgently deploy real and proven, socially just and people-led solutions and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions at source, down to Real Zero.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Because emissions are cumulative, every ton of current emissions contributes to the growing climate chaos that we see all around the world: heat waves, glaciers collapsing, intensified cyclones, crop losses, wildfires, and massive flooding, among other devastating impacts.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Yet fossil-drenched and fossil-entrenched government and corporate interests keep subsidizing, producing, and burning fossil fuels. Their latest greenwashing fantasy is that ‘nature-based solutions’ and future technologies of ‘carbon dioxide removal’ (CDR) will suck vast amounts of ongoing carbon pollution back out of the atmosphere <em>some day</em>. Their strategy assumes an overshoot of 1.5 °C, with just a <em>possibility</em> of<em> </em>returning to safe temperature levels, putting all of the planet at risk from the serious consequences of overshoot that the IPCC has warned about in its latest report.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>In this strategy, every ton of promised future CDR represents emissions that are bringing us more climate chaos today. </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>The plan that the European Commission (EC) put forward in December 2021 in their <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/clima/system/files/2021-12/com_2021_800_en_0.pdf"><span>Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles</span></a> contributes to this strategy. In the communication, the EC proposes a regulatory process at the EU-level to certify carbon removals and create a credit that then could be traded in carbon offset markets. <strong><em>Future</em> CDR and carbon-offset markets are smokescreens for <em>current</em> inaction.</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>In the plan, the EC promotes two types of CDR. The first is the <em>temporary</em> storage of carbon in fields and forests—called ‘carbon farming’—as a means to address ongoing emissions, including the <em>permanent</em> emissions of fossil fuels. But temporary ‘nature-based’ <span>sequestration is not interchangeable with and cannot compensate for fossil emissions that stay in the atmosphere and contribute to warming for hundreds to thousands of years.</span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The Commission is also promoting technological approaches, including direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) and bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS). These technologies are not currently viable at scale AND have potentially enormous <span>social, environmental, and economic risks and costs from their very high energy and resource consumption as well as from the transport and storage of carbon dioxide</span>.   </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Both carbon farming and BECCS, should it ever become feasible at scale, also pose huge risks for land-speculation and land-grabbing from small-scale farmers and peasants, threatening food sovereignty in the EU and around the world. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The European Commission’s direction of travel completely ignores the past and current failures of carbon offset markets to deliver either emissions reductions or the finance needed for a real and just transition away from fossil-based economies. </span>A carbon removals-offset market benefits polluters most of all. It relies on a dangerous and false justification for continuing emissions: that someone, somewhere, might at sometime in the future remove a ton of carbon from the atmosphere. It is a sure way to torch the planet.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Future CDR cannot serve as a substitute for deep emissions reductions now</strong>. To stay below 1.5 °C of warming, requires real, just, and immediate reductions. A strategy to overshoot 1.5°C and bet on temporary removals and currently non-existent technologies to return someday to safe global temperatures <strong><em>is a strategy of climate disaster.</em></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Europe has a huge historical responsibility to support a just transition for the Global South, and to rapidly bring emissions down to Real Zero at home. We know what Real Zero looks like: a just and equitably managed phase-out of fossil fuels; an energy transformation to real, fair, democratic, and sustainable renewable energy; support for small-scale farmers and a just transition of food and agricultural systems towards <a href="https://www.foodsovereignty.org/forum-agroecology-nyeleni-2015-2/"><span>agroecology</span></a> for food sovereignty; close-to-nature forestry practices; and the redirection of public subsidies, away from fossils, to support these measures.<br /><br /><strong>Getting to Real Zero and staying below 1.5 °C of warming requires rejecting any European Commission proposal for certifying carbon removal</strong> <strong>offsets in a failed carbon market. It requires halting emissions and restoring ecosystems now.</strong> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Initial Signatories: </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Biofuelwatch</span></span></p> <p><span><span>BUND / Friends of the Earth Germany</span></span></p> <p><span><span>CCFD - Terre Solidaire</span></span></p> <p><span><span>CEO - Corporate Europe Observatory</span></span></p> <p><span><span>CIEL - Center for International Environmental Law</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Corporate Accountability</span></span></p> <p><span><span>European Coordination Via Campesina</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Fern</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Food &amp; Water Action Europe</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Friends of the Earth Europe</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Friends of the Earth International</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Global Forest Coalition</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Heinrich Böll Siftung</span></span></p> <p><span><span>IATP - Institute for Agriculture &amp; Trade Policy</span></span></p> <p><span><span>ReCommon</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Also signed by</strong></span></span>: </p> <p><span><span>350.org</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Aalem for Orphan and Vulnerable Children, Inc.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>AbibiNsroma Foundation ANF</span></span></p> <p><span><span>ActionAid International</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Actúa por un Mundo Sostenible</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice(ANEEJ)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>African Children Empowerment </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Agora Association </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Aid/Watch</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Aitec</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Alofa Tuvalu</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Andy Gheorghiu Consulting</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Association For Promotion Sustainable Development</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Association of voluntary actions for society -AVAS</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Association pour l'Integration et le Developpement Durable au Burundi, AIDB</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Association pour la Conservation et la Protection des Écosystèmes des Lacs et l'Agrlculture Durable </span></span></p> <p><span><span>ATerra</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Attac France</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Biowatch South Africa</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Boerenforum</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Bread for the World, German Protestantic Church</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Buergerinitiative gegen CO2-Endlager e.V.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>BUNDjugend / Young Friends of the Earth Germany </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Canopée</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Carmelite NGO</span></span></p> <p><span><span>CBM Ireland</span></span></p> <p><span><span>CEDEUAM - UniSalento</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Censat Agua Viva</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Centre for Climate Action</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Centre for Climate Safety</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos "Segundo Montes Mozo SJ" (CSMM)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>CESTA Friends of the Earth El Salvador</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Climate Action Campaign Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Climáximo</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Coma Sound LTD</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Confédération paysanne</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Coordination gegen BAYER-Gefahren</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Deutsche Umwelthilfe</span></span></p> <p><span><span>DPH.MediaArt-Dortmund.de</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Earth Action, Inc.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Eco Dharma Network</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Eco Ruralis peasant farmers Association </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ecologistas en Acción</span></span></p> <p><span><span>EcoNexus</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ecosia GmbH</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Environmental Justice Foundation</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Erfurt University of Applied Sciences</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Euro Coop</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Fachhochschule Erfurt</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Farmworker Association of Florida</span></span></p> <p><span><span>FDCL - Center for Research and Documentation Chile-Latin America</span></span></p> <p><span><span>FECOFUN. Nepal</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Feedback EU</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Feminist Exchange Network </span></span></p> <p><span><span>FIAN Belgium</span></span></p> <p><span><span>FIAN Deutschland</span></span></p> <p><span><span>FIAN International</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Foodjustice</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Forests &amp; Finance Coalition</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Forests of the World</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Forum Ökologie &amp; Papier</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Fresh Eyes</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Frie Bønder Levende Land</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Friends of the Earth France</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Friends of the Earth Malta</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Friends of the Earth Scotland</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Friends of the Earth Spain</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Friends of the Earth US</span></span></p> <p><span><span>GALBA - Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Gallifrey Foundation</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Gastivists</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Global Justice Ecology Project </span></span></p> <p><span><span>GLOBAL MEDIA FOUNDATION</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Green Finance Observatory</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Green Liberty</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Greenpeace</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Health of Mother Earth Foundation </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Humusz Szövetség</span></span></p> <p><span><span>IBON International</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Igapo Project</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Indigenous Environmental Network </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Indigenous Peoples Global Forum for Sustainable Development, IPGFforSD </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Institute for Sustainability, Equity and Resilience</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Jordens Vänner / Friends of the Earth Sweden</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Justiça Ambiental</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Justice Institute Guyana</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Kaganga John</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum KESSFF </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Kilusan para sa Repormang Agraryp at Katarungang Panlipunan (KATARUNGAN)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Klimadelegation e.V. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>La Via Campesina Arab and North Africa Region ARNA</span></span></p> <p><span><span>LaKunaBi</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Law 4 Palestine</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Leefmilieu</span></span></p> <p><span><span>London Mining Network</span></span></p> <p><span><span>MannheimZero</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Mazingira Institute</span></span></p> <p><span><span>MIJARC Europe</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Milieudefensie - Friends of the Earth Netherlands</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Movement for Advancing Understanding of Sustainability And Mutuality MAUSAM</span></span></p> <p><span><span>National Rural Women Coalition - Philippines</span></span></p> <p><span><span>NGO Forum on ADB</span></span></p> <p><span><span>No Plastic In My Sea</span></span></p> <p><span><span>NOAH - Friends of the Earth Denmark</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Not Here Not Anywhere</span></span></p> <p><span><span>ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ole Siosiomaga Society Incorporated (OLSSI)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Partnership for Policy Integrity</span></span></p> <p><span><span>People &amp; Planet Edinburgh</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Polish Zero Waste Association</span></span></p> <p><span><span>PowerShift e.V.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Profundo</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Reacción Climática </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Réaction en chaîne humaine </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Reclame Fossielvrij</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Regenerate Hub</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Rettet den Regenwald e.V.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Rezero</span></span></p> <p><span><span>SchipholWatch</span></span></p> <p><span><span>semnar / saatgutpolitik &amp; wissenschaft</span></span></p> <p><span><span>SETEM Catalunya</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Social Tipping Point Coalitie</span></span></p> <p><span><span>SofA Münster (sofortiger Atomausstieg)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Stand.earth</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Stay Grounded Network</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Stowarzyszenie Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Istot</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Sustainable Development Institute</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The Greens Movement of Georgia/FoE Georgia</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Third World Network</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Toekomstboeren</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Transition Crich</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Transnational Institute</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Tripla Difesa Onlus Guardie Sicurezza Sociale e Eco Zoofile </span></span></p> <p><span><span>UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>UDAPT</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Union Of Agriculture Work Committees</span></span></p> <p><span><span>UNISC International</span></span></p> <p><span><span>United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Uranium Network</span></span></p> <p><span><span>urgewald</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Voedsel Anders Nederland</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Wall of Women</span></span></p> <p><span><span>WomanHealth Philippines</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Working group Food Justice</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Xnet</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Yeşil Çember – ökologisch interkulturell gGmbH </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Yorkshire and Humber Climate Justice Coalition</span></span></p> <p><span><span>ZERO - Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Zero Waste Europe</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Zukunftskonvent Germany</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/ENGLISH_RZE%20SIGN-ON%20Statement_29%2011%202022.pdf"><strong>Download the statement.</strong></a></p></div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/ENGLISH_RZE%20SIGN-ON%20Statement_29%2011%202022.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=215435" title="Open file in new window" target="_blank" data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="bottom">ENGLISH_RZE SIGN-ON Statement_29 11 2022.pdf</a></span><span class="file-size">210.39 KB</span></span></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Primary category</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Teaser image</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/media/10338" hreflang="en">Carbon Markets: Reducing Carbon Emissions or Missing the Mark?</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 29 Nov 2022 18:01:06 +0000 cecelia brackey 44875 at https://www.iatp.org “Full of red flags” — Real Zero Europe campaigners slam EU carbon removal proposal https://www.iatp.org/documents/full-red-flags-real-zero-europe-campaigners-slam-eu-carbon-removal-proposal <div class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss field-primary-category-climate-change has-field-primary-category no-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <h3 > Over 170 civil society organisations, led by coalition campaign Real Zero Europe, have slammed the European Commission&#039;s leaked proposal for EU carbon removal, stating it is “full of red flags.”</h3> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong><em>Brussels, November 28, 2022</em></strong><em> </em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The criticism comes just days ahead of the Commission’s expected legislative proposal for a new <a href="https://www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-a-european-green-deal/file-carbon-removal-certification"><span>Carbon Removals Certification Framework</span></a>, which outlines the EU’s plans for approving new carbon removal (CDR) offsets in Europe. It also follows <a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-accused-climate-accounting-tricks-cop27/"><span>backlash at COP27</span> </a>where EU officials were accused of CDR “accounting tricks.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The proposal has sounded alarms among climate justice and environment campaigners, food and farm movements, development and faith-based groups, and experts across Europe and beyond. Over 170 organisations have signed <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vT5vUTPCF-sDaJ3lfo90u1USK2fbTNX3iNajoskCPBfUjqd3L_W5ntv8pVYRZFTYA/pub?urp=gmail_link"><span>Real Zero Europe’s statement</span></a>, calling for the EU to “deliver real, deep, emissions cuts now,” instead of generating false confidence in unproven future CDR. They argue the proposal will delay real action and cause governments to miss the rapidly-closing window to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees of warming by locking in fossil fuels for decades to come. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Earlier this month the EU faced criticism at the COP27 climate talks for “accounting tricks,” using updated land-based CDR estimates to claim that the bloc had raised its emissions reduction target since COP26. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The proposal promotes fossil-prolonging technofixes such as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) and Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS), and a controversial initiative called “carbon farming.” Campaigners say there is a very real danger that the EU is shifting the focus away from the essential work of phasing out fossil fuels, instead heading towards speculative technologies and impermanent land sequestration. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">After COP27 — where the presence of lobbyists from the fossil fuel industry</span><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-63571610"> </a><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-63571610"><span><span>reached</span></span></a><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-63571610"><span><span> a new peak,</span></span></a><span> watering down the conference’s outcomes — campaigners have warned that fossil fuel companies and big agriculture have had a significantly harmful influence on the Commission’s proposal.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Lucy Cadena, </strong>coordinator of the Real Zero Europe campaign, said:</span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span>“This proposal raises red flags for climate, environmental, and farming communities in Europe and beyond. The EU is betting big on unproven removals as part of its strategy to reach ‘net zero’ — but the stakes are way too high. Every ton of future promised carbon removals represents a delay in emissions cuts today, bringing us deeper into climate chaos. COP27 revealed the corporate greenwash of ‘net zero,’ with a fossil fuel phaseout omitted from the final outcome. Now, we are bringing this fight home — we cannot let historical polluters like the EU off the hook. We are demanding a Real Zero approach to climate action, and deep, sustained cuts to carbon emissions in the next short months and years.”</span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span><strong>Jean Mathieu Thévenot</strong>, a farmer and member of European Coordination Via Campesina, said: </span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span>“Carbon farming is a risky project that is completely unrealistic for farmers and will have no effect in the fight against climate change. It is based on an unfair compensation model that relies on the good will of corporations, which seek only to greenwash their image without changing their polluting practices. The European Union must immediately put in place policies for real emissions reductions, and promote a just transition for all farmers towards agroecology.” </span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span>A full quotes sheet from the Real Zero Europe campaign is available <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSz1wX1gKwsMf3vngnMONHHXJay5_22Pvf__Y9gdhizmayM_rBxOEMyAukHYNqPUPK5OxldNNhZ1WOq/pub"><span>here</span></a>.</span></span></span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Notes to editors:</strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The Real Zero Europe statement is still gathering signatures. The statement and full list of signatories will be available on Monday 28 November at <a href="https://www.realsolutions-not-netzero.org/real-zero-europe"><span>https://www.realsolutions-not-netzero.org/real-zero-europe</span></a> (list of signatories available to view in advance on request)</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Real Zero Europe is the initiative of a coalition of civil society organisations aiming to expose the corporate greenwash of “net zero” in Europe, resist false solutions, and push for real solutions, real emissions reductions, and Real Zero in Europe.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>A report entitled ​​”Carbon Farming: How big corporations are driving the EU's carbon removals agenda” by the Institute for Agriculture &amp; Trade Policy (IATP), will be published on Monday 28 November at <a href="https://www.iatp.org/big-corporations-driving-eus-carbon-farming-agenda"><span>https://www.iatp.org/big-corporations-driving-eus-carbon-farming-agenda</span></a> (available to view in advance on request)</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>A report entitled “Carbon capture from biomass and waste incineration: Hype versus reality" by Biofuelwatch, will be published on Monday 28 November at <a href="https://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2022/biomass-and-msw-ccs-report/"><span>https://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2022/biomass-and-msw-ccs-report/</span></a> (available to view in advance on request).</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>At COP27 commissioner Frans Timmermans announced that the EU would cut GHG emissions by 57% (instead of the previously promised 55%) by 2030, although closer inspection revealed that there would be no change to the actual amount of emissions reduced and the 2% “extra” came from revised removals figures.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>A leaked draft of the Commission’s proposal seen by the Real Zero Europe campaign made alarmingly little reference to fossil fuels or a fossil fuel phase-out, echoing concerns voiced at COP27.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>A <a href="https://www.landgap.org/"><span>recent report</span></a> that combined all governments’ climate pledges calculated the amount of land required to fulfil the total planned climate effort to be 1.2 billion hectares, roughly equal to the world’s entire food-producing base. Such an over-reliance on land-intensive removals is exemplified in the Commission’s proposal, which would introduce “carbon farming” to Europe — a scheme to incentivise agricultural and forestry practices that sequester carbon in land sinks. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>The proposal also signals more support for speculative engineered removals, such as <a href="https://www.fern.org/fileadmin/uploads/fern/Documents/2022/Six_problems_with_BECCS_-_2022.pdf"><span>Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)</span></a> and Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS). However, these technologies — dubbed “fossil prolonging technologies” by campaigners — have never proven to work at scale, are prohibitively costly, polluting, and pose risks to biodiversity, food sovereignty, and human rights. </span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/Real%20Zero%20Europe%20Press%20Release.pdf">Download a PDF of the press release</a>. </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><span class="icon glyphicon glyphicon-file text-primary" aria-hidden="true"></span></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://www.iatp.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/Real%20Zero%20Europe%20Press%20Release.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=113881" title="Open file in new window" target="_blank" data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="bottom">Real Zero Europe Press Release.pdf</a></span><span class="file-size">111.21 KB</span></span></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Primary category</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 28 Nov 2022 16:31:52 +0000 cecelia brackey 44874 at https://www.iatp.org Big corporations push for carbon farming offsets in the EU https://www.iatp.org/big-corporations-push-carbon-farming-offsets-eu <span>Big corporations push for carbon farming offsets in the EU</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/34897" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">cecelia brackey</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/28/2022 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>On November 30, the European Commission will publish its legislative proposal for carbon removals, known as the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/clima/system/files/2021-12/com_2021_800_en_0.pdf">Carbon Removal Certification Framework (CRCF)</a>. In order to deliver on net-zero pledges, fossil fuel, agrochemical and food and beverage corporations all have significant stakes in this legislation.</span></span></span></p></div> Mon, 28 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000 cecelia brackey 44873 at https://www.iatp.org