4 May 2023

Durability Assessment for Carbon Removal: Introduction

Ted Christie-Miller

Director of Carbon Removal

Victoria Harvey

Research Manager

10 min

The robustness of carbon storage - durability - has become a key feature of interest for buyers of carbon removal. As the voluntary carbon market increases its supply of carbon removal credits in the years ahead, it is crucial that market stakeholders can sufficiently understand the durability of different methods. This report introduces the Durability Assessment for Carbon Removal, a new assessment framework from BeZero Carbon. The upcoming assessment will evaluate the physical storage and risk of reversal of a series of carbon removal methods.

Key Takeaways:

1. BeZero Carbon is publishing a novel method-level Durability Assessment for Carbon Removal that can be used in conjunction with the BeZero Carbon Rating.

2. Durability refers to the robustness of carbon storage. This includes the physical storage, risks of reversal and contractual permanence.

3. The Durability Assessment for Carbon Removal is important because of: the human, natural and climate risks of short-duration removal, the market necessity for understanding durability, and the role of durable carbon removal solutions in allowing socio-political transitions to take place.

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