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Last week, the G7 Summit was held in Puglia (Italy), bringing together the leaders of the seven member States (the United States, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada) as well as the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission representing the European Union.

The Summit reaffirmed the G7’s commitment to “scale up investments in the use of carbon management technologies” in its statement on the transition toward defossilisation in industrial and hard-to-abate sectors:

“We will promote and facilitate the scale-up of investments in the industrial sector for innovative technologies, smart clean electrification, improved energy efficiency, direct use of renewable heat, sustainable bio energies, sustainable production of energy from waste, sustainable biogases and biofuels, renewable, clean/zero-emission and low-carbon hydrogen and its derivatives such as ammonia and direct use of renewable energy close to demand centers, the use of carbon management technologies. We also commit to accelerate the reduction of emissions from transport.”

This sentiment from the G7 Summit aligned with the preceding G7 Climate, Energy and Environment ministers meeting in April. Held in Turin (Italy), the meeting complemented the goals of the G7 Summit with their Declaration explicitly acknowledging the role of Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) technologies: “We recognise that carbon management technologies, including CCU/carbon recycling, CCS and CO₂ removal measures, particularly in hard to abate sectors are an essential component of the transition to net-zero.”

While the G7’s commitment to climate action is an important step forward, more actions are needed at national and regional levels to accelerate the transition. This includes the EU where although there has been progress on its regulatory framework supporting CCU upscaling, more work must be done – particularly in mainstream EU regulations on CCU fuels, and incentivising and creating market-pull mechanisms for CCU chemicals. Overall, the G7 must continue to exchange and align on goals and definitions to set high climate standards to deliver on defossilisation objectives.

Please find the full Apulia G7 Leaders’ Communiqué here.

Please find the full Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué here.