MOVING contributes to European Commission’s Roadmap on restoring sustainable carbon cycles

Oct 12, 2021

The first results of the project allowed to formulate a contribution to the open consultation of the European Commission’s Roadmap for Climate change – restoring sustainable carbon cycles.

MOVING’s feedback focuses on recommendations to improve mountain management and reduce the risks that mountains face due to climate change. As such, MOVING believes it is necessary to:

  • Deepen the understanding of the situation, trends and possible evolution of mountain communities, territories and enterprises, given the various threats and climate change.
  • Conduct micro-level analysis. There is a lack of information on how different threats will affect mountains at the micro-level. Thus, there is still a long way to go for the availability of data at the local scale, which would also allow foresight analysis and the design of future scenarios.
  • Build solid evidence and theoretical knowledge to formulate policies able to increase the adaptive and anticipation capacities of mountain actors and the resilience of mountain areas.
  • Sufficiently value and remunerate public and private goods provided by mountains.
  • Include and respond to the needs of the mountain territories through policies.

Mountains can play a crucial role in achieving climate neutrality by 2050. There is a need to support the development of sustainable carbon removal solutions in mountain areas by promoting sustainable practices and production models. Mountains are resilient and adaptive. With support and consideration, they will be part of the solution.

MOVING’s contribution included an annex containing references and four of the project deliverables: (i) Conceptual and Analytical Framework;(ii) Inventory of Mountain Value Chains; (iii) List of selected value chains and relationship building and (iv) Initial set of policy briefs.


On 30 June 2021, the European Parliament (EP) and the Council adopted the European Climate Law committing the European Union (EU) to the objective of climate-neutrality by 2050. Furthermore, the Circular Economy Action Plan and the Farm to Fork Strategy have announced two initiatives on the certification of carbon removals and on carbon farming set in the context of the European Green Deal.

In this context, the European Commission (EC) opened a public consultation for the Roadmap on Climate Change – restoring sustainable carbon cycles between 9 September and 7 October 2021.

Feedback will be taken into account to further develop and fine-tune the EC initiative, which aims to develop a long-term vision for sustainable carbon cycles (including capture, storage, and use of CO2) in a climate-neutral EU economy. In addition, with this initiative the EC envisages to kick-start the development of technological and nature-based solutions. Carbon removals from forests, agricultural practices or engineered solutions will play a crucial role in achieving climate neutrality by 2050.