Carbon removal was buoyed by federal attention, Congressional support, and field-wide investments in 2021, more than any year prior. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (BID) put an exclamation mark on the end of the year; between that and the Build Back Better Act (BBB), which potentially passes soon, we could have two first-of-their-kind investments critical to drawing down historical emissions. Let’s celebrate a year’s worth of progress for carbon removal, no longer on the sidelines but a core piece of climate action.

Throughout 2021, we’ve seen broad support for research and development, deployment incentives, new infrastructure, and regulations in everything from dedicated geologic storage to direct air capture (DAC) to soil health. By our measure, billions of dollars have been set aside for carbon removal this year alone.

Here are the highlights: