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ZEP Chairman: "EU will face severe consequences if it does not support CCS"

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 03/07/2013

EurActiv recently published an op-ed from ZEP's Chairman Dr. Graeme Sweeney. Find it on the EurActiv website or keep reading below.

Five years ago the EU was the world leader in championing carbon capture and storage (CCS) but it has since slipped from the top spot due to a lack of investment in this essential part of the EU's objective to reduce carbon emissions, writes Graeme Sweeney.

ZEP's response to the European Commission's Green Paper

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 01/07/2013

ZEP’s response to the European Commission’s Green Paper, "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies"

In its response to the Green Paper, “A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies", ZEP calls for a holistic approach to EU climate and energy policies – with CCS at its core, as underlined in the Commission’s Communication on CCS (to which ZEP has also provided input).

Indeed, in the EU Energy Roadmap 2050, CCS plays a key role in every scenario as a critical technology for decarbonising the power sector. Failure to ensure CCS deployment in energy-intensive industries – for which no alternative decarbonisation route exists – will also undermine the EU’s ability to achieve its long-term climate goals, as shown in ZEP’s new landmark report.

ZEP is therefore surprised that CCS is not represented in the key findings of the Commission’s roadmaps listed in the Green Paper and strongly recommends that any follow-up to the CCS Communication is treated as integral to the work of the Green Paper. Sufficient support – in terms of policy, funding and regulatory framework– must be put in place to ensure critical low-carbon technologies are commercially available once the carbon price reaches adequate levels. The RES 20% mandate and measures for energy efficiency have gone a long way to facilitating their deployment – while CCS has not benefited from such support measures.

ZEP therefore calls for the Commission to put forward proposals for some form of directed support for CCS – designed to deliver an ambitious milestone consistent with the EU's published roadmaps and in the context of the ‘2030 Climate Milestone’ ZEP calls for here as part of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework.

Accelerating the demonstration of CO2 geological storage in Europe

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 26/06/2013

With the availability of proven, affordable CO2 storage sites critical to the development of CCS in Europe, ZEP recommends establishing up to six new storage pilots by 2016. Focusing on deep saline aquifers – on- and offshore – the pilots will complement CCS demonstration projects, accelerate state-of-the-art technology and showcase successful CO2 storage across Europe.

Key recommendations include:

  • Selecting sites which will enable meaningful, scientific R&D
  • Maximising the benefits of CCS for local communities
  • Supporting the deployment of Europe’s CO2 transport infrastructure
  • Financing storage pilots from a combination of sources
  • Simplifying the permitting process and relieving projects of the burden of liability
  • Maximising knowledge-sharing with EU and international CCS demonstration projects

Carbon Capture and Storage in EU energy intensive industries

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 26/06/2013

Find below ZEP's report on CCS in EU energy intensive industries. This is considered an indispensible route for a low carbon economy in 2050. Direct emissions from industry account for 25% of the total EU CO2 emission. Petroleum refining, iron and steel, cement and chemical industries account for 60% of the total EU CO2 emissions from industry.

CCS is the only available technology that can deliver the deep emissions cuts required by several AE energy-intensive industries if they are to fulfil their role in a large-scale decarbonisation across the EU economy. CCS has the potential to mitigate between 2 to 2.5 GtCO2 per year globally by 2050. This equates to between 0.3 to 0.4 GtCO2 in the EU27.


Building a CO2 transport infrastructure for Europe

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 26/06/2013

Below you will find ZEP's report on building a CO2 transport infrastructure for Europe. Its main message is that developing a CO2 infrastructure must start now – ahead of wide-scale deployment. Clusters, places where different CO2 sources are located in close proximity, will especially benefit from such a development. With this report, ZEP calls for the following actions:

  • Broaden the scope of the Energy Infrastructure Package
  • Ratify the OSPAR and London Protocol amendments

ZEP's reaction to EC CCS Consultative Communication

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 27/03/2013

Statement by Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) in response to today’s (27th March) European Commission Consultative Communication on Carbon Capture and Storage.

CCS: Creating a secure environment for investment in Europe

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 02/08/2012

Outlining clear recommendations on the economic measures required in the short-, medium- and long-term to create the necessary investor confidence in CCS to ensure widespread EU deployment.


EU CCS Demonstration Projects - Challenges and Blockers on the way to FID

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 22/05/2012

At its meeting of 14 September 2011, ZEP’s Advisory Council agreed to review its strategy in the light of recent developments in the CCS landscape in Europe. This included the perception that fewer demonstration projects may materialise than anticipated – potentially jeopardising the EU CCS demonstration programme. As input to this process, ZEP therefore undertook a survey among project developers in order to identify any challenges and blockers on the way to Final Investment Decision (FID).


ZEP Statement on EU Energy Roadmap 2050

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 21/12/2011

ZEP has issued a statement welcoming the European Commission’s EU Energy Roadmap 2050, which underlines the need for CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) to be applied to power generation from both coal and gas-fired power plants and heavy industry. ZEP emphasised that this objective can only be met if the EU and Member States provide the necessary support to ensure CCS is demonstrated at industrial scale well before 2020, as part of the ongoing EU CCS demonstration programme.

ZEP Cost report - Summary

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 15/07/2011

The companies, scientists, academics and environmental NGOs that together make up the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) have undertaken a ground-breaking study into the costs of CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage (CCS) based on new data provided exclusively by ZEP member organisations on existing pilot and planned demonstration projects. The conclusion: following the European Union’s CCS demonstration programme, CCS will be cost-competitive with other sources of low-carbon power, including on-/offshore wind, solar power and nuclear.