ZEP newsletter April 2014

April 07 2014

This is the April 2014 ZEP newsletter aimed at informing ZEP stakeholders. If you want to (un)subscribe to the newsletter, or have relevant news items, please send an e-mail to info@zero-emissionplatform.eu.

General CCS news

EU-US Summit draws attention to CCS

On the 26 March 2014 EU leaders met with Barack Obama on the EU-US summit in Brussels. In a joint statement they reaffirmed that on the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris an agreement will have to be reached that is in line with limiting the rise in global mean temperature to 2 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, they agreed to “strengthen knowledge-sharing on carbon capture and storage”. - Link

GCCSI publication “The global status of CCS” shows CCS lead of North America and China

The Global CCS Institute’s report on the global status of CCS concludes that significant progress in CCS has been made in Canada, the US and China with 21 large-scale projects in operation or under construction. This is an increase of 50% compared to 2011. The total capacity of the projects is 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year. - Link to GCCSI

Bio-energy CCS potential and challenges in leaked IPCC report

Bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is recognized by a leaked IPCC report as “an essential component of the response strategy for climate change in the majority of scenarios”. Although costs are still an issue, theoretically BECCS can extract up to 10 billion tonnes of CO2 a year. - Link

TUC: CCS technology will reduce bills and create jobs in the UK

A joint report by the Trade Union Congress and the CCS Association concludes that without CCS the costs of 80% emission reduction in the UK by 2050 will increase by £30-40 billion. CCS can cut electricity bills for households, maintain jobs in emitting industries and even create jobs in construction and maintenance of CCS facilities. - Link

CCS makes front page news on Wired Magazine, National Geographic and New Scientist

The articles about the success of CCS in China, clean coal and the Canadian Boundary Dam CCS project have drawn the attention of new audiences. - Link

CCS positioned as a vital clean energy on newly established decarboni.se website

The newly established website decarboni.se is the go-to place to gain knowledge from the world's most important organisations and stakeholders working to decarbonise the economy. The site provides quality information, detailed descriptions of techniques, and lessons learnt from industry experts. - Link to decarboni.se

Imperial College London: 2014 is the year where CCS on power generation becomes a reality

Dr Niall Mac Dowell of Imperial College London states that “2014 represents a pivotal year; one which, in time, we will look back on as being the dawn of the age of sustainable fossil fuels”. He is optimistic about the prospects for the Peterhead and White Rose projects that capture CO2 from power plants. - Link

Government of Saskatchewan promotes CCS in China

The Canadian Boundary Dam CCS project in the Saskatchewan province will be presented to Chinese government officials and resource industry leaders. China is interested in innovative technologies for CCS and enhanced oil recovery. - Link

Forward for Scottish CCS project at Peterhead

UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey announced 24 February 2014 that the government would be progressing FEED funding to the CO2 capture and storage (CCS) project at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This CCS project would be the world’s first on a gas fired power plant. More on the Bellona website: - Link

SiteChar report "“Choosing good sites for storing CO2 underground”

The FP7 project “SiteChar - Characterisation of European CO2 Storage” published its concluding report. The report presents in simple terms the steps identified in the SiteChar project for selecting safe and secure storage sites. - Link

ZEP news

Positive Future of CCS under EU-US cooperation agreed in EU-US Energy Council

At the EU-US Energy Council of 2 April 2014 both the EU and United States committed to further cooperate toward achieving sustainable low-carbon energy systems through the continued development and deployment of low-carbon technologies, including CCS. - Link to ZEP statement

ZEP publication: Long-term research priorities for CCS transport and storage

ZEP has published a report on key R&D priorities for transport and storage. Their recommendations include six new large-scale storage pilots and maximizing the benefits of carbon usage. - Link to ZEP publication

ZEP Chairman Dr. Graeme Sweeney: “EU must be more ‘ambitious’ on rolling-out CCS”

The commission's 2030 climate and energy package 'underscores' the value of carbon capture and storage (CCS), but measures must be taken to make it financially viable, says Graeme Sweeney. The full statement originally appeared in the Parliament Magazine. - Link to article

ZEP: European Council conclusions miss out on CCS

The European Council’s decision on climate targets has been postponed to October. ZEP Chairman Dr. Graeme Sweeney commented: “ZEP recognises the importance of tackling energy security and is therefore disappointed that the Council conclusions fail to mention CCS, despite the technology being essential to a balanced energy system and for achieving European climate change mitigation objectives.” - Link to ZEP press statement

ZEP: CCS must be embedded in the 2030 framework

ZEP states that the European Council has to come with proposals on how CCS in the EU can make progress to not lag behind the rest of the world. Furthermore, ZEP stresses that without CCS the EU risks missing its climate objectives. - Link to ZEP press statement

ZEP: In 2030, CCS could cost effectively deliver at least 4% of EU GHG reductions compared with 1990 levels

ZEP supports the European Commission’s call for a 40% reduction of GHG by 2030. It is in line with the Roadmap 2050 albeit at the lower end. CCS could contribute up to 4% or 222Mt CO2 of those reductions, provided that support measures are taken to guarantee a level playing field with other low carbon technologies. - Link to ZEP press statement

ZEP statement on UK commitment to Peterhead CCS plant

The commitment of the British government by providing funding for the Peterhead project is encouraging for ZEP. Peterhead is the first gas-fired power plant to be equipped with CCS technology and is able to mitigate up to 1 million tonnes of CO2 a year. - Link to ZEP press statement

ZEP statement on EP plenary vote on 2030 framework climate and energy

The plenary vote in the European Parlement on the 2030 framework is an important step in reaching the EU’s climate goals according to ZEP. However, CCS needs concrete support measures in order to fully achieve its potential in reducing GHG emissions. - Link to ZEP press statement

ZEP welcomes positive CCS vote in European Parliament

ZEP welcomes European Parliament's adoption of MEP Chris Davies' own-initiative report on "developing and applying carbon capture and storage technology in Europe". Urgent political action is needed to deliver CCS in time to prevent irreversible damage from climate change. - Link to ZEP press statement

ZEP Advisory Council membership updates

The ZEP Advisory Council thanks the following members that have stepped down: Mike Farley (Doosan Babcock/Scottish Enterprise), Jordi Martinez Jubitero (ENDESA) and Lewis Gillies (2CO). - Link to ZEP AC website

ZEP taskforces

Government Group (GG)

Find GG meeting dates and documents here: - GG website

Taskforce Technology (TFT)

Find TFT meeting dates and document here: - TFT website

Taskforce Public Communications (TFPC)

TFPC continues to work with Weber Shandwick. Find TFPC meeting dates and documents here: - TFPC website

Taskforce Demonstration & Implementation (TFD&I)

Find TFD&I meeting dates and documents here: - TFD&I website

Taskforce Policy & Regulation (TFP&R)

Find TFP&R meeting dates and documents here: - TFP&R website


TFPC meeting 29, Brussels (BE) Date: 17/04/2014

4th EAGE CO2 Geological Storage Workshop, Stavanger (NO) Date: 22/04/2014 - Link

Annual CCUS Conference, Pittsburgh (USA) Date: 28/04/2014 - Link

TFT meeting 31, Berlin (DE) Date: 12/05/2014

TFP&R meeting 30, Brussels (BE) Date: 13/05/2014

Coordination (CG) meeting 53, Brussels (BE) Date: 21/05/2014

European Parliament Elections start (EU) Date: 22/05/2014

AC meeting 39, Brussels (BE) Date: 17/06/2014

7th Dutch CCS Symposium, Amsterdam (NL) Date: 19/06/2014

GG meeting 30, Brussels (BE) Date: 01/07/2014

Installation European Parliament (EU) Date: 01/07/2014

CG meeting 54, Brussels (BE) Date: 03/09/2014

International Conference on Chemical Looping, Gothenburg (SE) Date: 09/09/2014 - Link

AC meeting 40, Brussels (BE) Date: 24/09/2014

CG meeting 55, Brussels (BE) Date: 19/11/2014

AC meeting 41, Brussels (BE) Date: 09/12/2014

Other relevant events on the events section of the ZEP-website.

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