ZEP Newsletter October 2013

October 09 2013
This is the October 2013 ZEP newsletter, aimed at informing active ZEP stakeholders on recent developments. 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

EC continues support for CCS in Horizon 2020

In the follow-up of FP7, Horizon 2020, the European Commission remains supportive to CCS development and implementation. The aim of the EC is to enable the commercial deployment of CCS technologies for fossil fuel power plants and other carbon-intensive industries going into operation after 2020. The focus will be to demonstrate the full CCS chain. - CCS in Horizon 2020 presentation

European Parliament discusses Chris Davies CCS report

Wednesday 25 September saw the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) begin discussions of the draft report presented by liberal MEP Chris Davies on the future of CCS in Europe. The deadline for ENVI is 27-28 November 2013. There are wide calls for as many parties as possible to support the report’s suggestions, so as to send a clear signal to both the Commission and Member States on the pressing need to get CCS on its feet in Europe. The deadline for comments from the ITRE-committee is 14 October 2013. More on this at Bellona's news website. - News item on Bellona website

Full-scale CO2 capture at Mongstad discontinued, CCS remains crucial for Norwegian government

CCS is a crucial part of the Government’s combat against climate change. In order to strengthen the effort, the Government points out a new direction for CCS. The development of full-scale CO2-capture at Mongstad is discontinued, and will be replaced by a CCS programme. The Technology Centre Mongstad, which is one of the world’s largest and most advanced, will be continued and strengthened. - Norwegian government press release

IPCC reports global warming, ZEP restates the need for CCS

The IPCC latest report concludes unequivocally that warming in the climate system is taking place, and that it is extremely likely to have resulted from human influence. In particular, the report indicates that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 have increased to unprecedented levels, growing by 40% since pre-industrial times, resulting primarily from fossil fuel emissions. In ZEP's reaction to the IPCC report, ZEP states the importance of CCS to combat climate change. - IPCC website

CO2 Capture Project demonstrates oxy-firing capture technology

During 2012, the CO2Capture Project (CCP) undertook a field demonstration of oxy-firing capture technology on one of the processes in an oil refinery which generates the highest CO2 emissions – the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit. The test brings closer to reality acost-effective technology capable of capturing up to 95% of FCC CO2 emissions, equating to some 20-30% of total CO2 emissions from a typical refinery. The demonstration took place in a large pilot scale FCC unit at a Petrobras research facility in Parana state, Brazil. The demonstration confirmed the technical viability of retrofitting an FCC unit to enable CO2 capture through oxy-firing and is thus seen by the CCP as an effective technology for this purpose. - CCP Project Factsheet

NER300 second call: award decision mid-2014, ZEP responds

As the second call for NER300 closed, one CCS project (from the UK) is submitted. The award decision is expected mid-2014. ZEP's chairman, Dr. Graeme Sweeney, responded with a press release stating the need for an innovative re-set of the European CCS programme. - NER300 website

The evolving role of NGOs regarding CCS

Across Europe, non-government organisations (NGO) have often been negative about CCS. Why is this, and what could help change this situation? To find out more, GCCSI interviewed Chris Littlecott, who has been a public interest advocate for CCS in the UK and Europe over the past five years. GCCSI spoke with Mr. Davies about the threats and opportunities of the technology and the evolving role of NGOs with respect to CCS. - GCCSI Chris Davies interview report

IEA: methods to assess Geological CO2 Storage Capacity

To understand the emission reduction potential of CCS, decision makers need to understand the amount of CO2 that can be safely stored in the subsurface and the geographical distribution of storage resources. Estimates of storage resources need to be made using reliable and consistent methods. This IEA publications presents these methods. - IEA publication

China and UK announce collaboration on CCUS

Scientists and engineers from China and the United Kingdom have formed an initiative that will pave the way for the research, development and demonstration of innovative carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies. - Carbon Capture Journal news item

Advisory Council and Coordination Group (AC & CG)

ZEP recognised as European Technology Platform

The European Commission published its revised strategy for the European Technology Platforms (ETPs). This includes a list of ETPs, which includes ZEP, that are recognised as crucial to meet the challenges and priority areas identified in Horizon 2020. - EC communication on ETP strategy

ZEP: EU must urgently invest €2.5 billion in CO2 transport infrastructure

A recent report  published by the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), a specialist technology body working with the European Commission, warns that unless the EU urgently invests in transport infrastructure for CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, it will fail to meet its climate change goals. - ZEP CO2 transport infrastructure report

ZEP: unlocking opportunities for CCS deployment in Europe

CCS is the only technology able to mitigate CO2 emissions from large-scale fossil fuel use and industry. It is critical to achieving Europe’s long-term goal of eliminating 80-95% of GHG emissions by 2050. However, Europe is currently falling behind on the commitments needed to deliver CCS in time to prevent irreversible damage from climate change. Urgent political action is needed to reset the EU CCS programme and provide the positive incentives, financing and visibility of revenues necessary to deliver large scale CCS demonstration projects. - ZEP press release

ZEP: re-setting the way to a decarbonised Europe

In its EU Energy Roadmap 2050, the European Commission recognises that CCS is the only technology available to mitigate CO2 emissions from large-scale fossil fuel use. The EU badly needs a successful CCS programme by 2020 and can no longer afford delays, writes Graeme Sweeney. - ZEP statement

ZEP closely involved in integrated technology roadmap, part of SET-plan

An integrated technology roadmap is being developed at the moment as part of the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) plan. In this integrated roadmap CCS takes a prominent position. ZEP members Dirk Goldschmidt, Nils Røkke and Armin Wauschkuhn of ZEP's Taskforce Technology will bring the R&D topics of ZEP's R&D roadmap into the integrated roadmap. - SET-plan website

ZEP establishes working group on the business case for storage

Zep's temporary working group on storage is developing a paper on the business case for storage. The working group consists of ZEP members Gardiner Hill, Tim Bertels and Owain Tucker.

ZEP AC membership update

The ZEP Advisory Council thanks several members that have stepped down: Marzena Gurgul (PGE), Georg Gasteiger (Babcock Borsig Steinmüller), Antonio Valero (CIRCE) and Olivier Appert (IFP Energies Nouvelles). - ZEP AC website

ZEP Taskforces

Government Group (GG)

Find GG meeting planning and documents via this link - GG website

Taskforce Technology (TFT)

Find TFT meeting planning and documents via this link - TFT website

Taskforce Public Communications (TFPC)

TFPC is preparing the ZEP General Assembly of 26 November 2013 at the European Parliament. The taskforce has also prepared a ZEP messaging document for rapid communications response. Find TFPC meeting planning and documents via this link - TFPC website

Taskforce Policy & Regulation (TFP&R)

Find TFP&R meeting planning and documents via this link - TFP&R website

Taskforce Demonstration & Implementation (TFD&I)

Find TFD&I meeting planning and documents via this link - TFD&I website


TFD&I meeting 18, Brussels (BE) Date: 15/10/2013

TFPC meeting 26, Brussels (BE) Date: 29/10/2013

CCUS Summit, Brussels (BE) Date: 30/10/2013 - Link

CSLF meeting, Washington D.C., (USA) Date: 04/11/2013 - Link

GG meeting 28, Brussels (BE) Date: 13/11/2013

TFT meeting 29, Brussels (BE) Date: 14/11/2013

TFP&R meeting 28, Brussels (BE) Date: 18/11/2013

Keeping the momentum going on CCS, London (UK) Date: 19/11/2013 - Link

CG meeting 51, Brussels (BE) Date: 20/11/2013

ZEP Public hearing on CCS at European Parliament, Brussels (BE) Date: 26/11/2013 - Link

AC meeting 37, Brussels (BE) Date: 11/12/2013

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

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