How to use the carbon removal policy tracker

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by Maya Glicksman, policy advisor and Courtni Holness, policy advisor

From DAC hubs to tax credits, carbon removal legislation is moving faster than ever. We’ve been monitoring it closely, and today we’re excited to roll out our new carbon removal policy tracker. It’s a custom-built, one-stop shop for exploring and evaluating these bills, made for carbon removal veterans and newcomers alike.

Our tool focuses on federal bills related to carbon removal and environmental justice (EJ). We’ve distilled data from the Library of Congress, Bloomberg Government, and press releases from lead sponsors to create one central carbon removal policy hub. We track legislation that directly incentivizes or expands funding for carbon removal research, development, demonstration, and deployment, as well as bills that could shape how, where, and at what cost we scale certain solutions (even if there aren’t direct callouts for carbon removal).

What kind of content will you find?

  • Bills that impact how we’ll scale carbon removal across DAC, agriculture, forestry, blue carbon, oceans, BECCS, mineralization, and other emerging pathways. Note: this doesn’t include bills dedicated to carbon capture and storage (CCS).
  • Bills that address EJ within carbon removal pathways or broader efforts like R&D.
  • A summary of each bill’s carbon removal-related provisions, including those that would support or potentially hinder scaling these solutions.

How to get the most out of the tool

Within the tracker, bills are listed by date of introduction with those most recently introduced at the top. Use the sidebar to search by keyword or filter by Congress, chamber, party, or a variety of tags. (Stacking multiple tags will narrow to more specific legislation.)

View basic information at a glance, including the bill title, number, status, lead sponsor, and categories, or go deeper by clicking to reveal our summary of the bill’s text, a full list of co-sponsors organized by party, relevant tags (see below), and companion bill information. All bill numbers link to the full bill text on the Library of Congress website (if publicly available).

Staying on track

Understanding today’s carbon removal policy landscape is key to shaping how it will look in the future. We are excited to share this first-of-its-kind policy tracker with the carbon removal community and make carbon removal legislation accessible and easy to navigate. Bookmark this tool and subscribe to the Deep End for regular policy tracker updates beginning in 2022. You can reach us at policy@carbon180.org to let us know what you think of the tool.

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