ZEP Newsletter July 2013

July 10 2013

This is the July 2013 ZEP newsletter, aimed at informing the active ZEP stakeholders on recent developments. If you want to (un)subscribe to the newsletter or have relevant news, please send an e-mail to info@zero-emissionplatform.eu

General CCS News

Second call NER300 closed, one CCS project submitted

The second call for NER300 proposals closed on 3 July 2013. One CCS project proposal (from the UK) has been submitted. - NER300 website

ZEP on IEA CCS Technology Roadmap

The European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) has welcomed the launch on 2 July 2013 of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage. The IEA’s report confirms the need for CCS as an essential technology for addressing climate change. - ZEP on IEA CCS roadmap

CCS Browser launched

The CCP has launched a multi-format digital resource, the CCS Browser, to help the public learn about CO2 capture and storage. Available on tablet, PC and mobile, the CCS Browser has been designed to allow people to explore the topic in the way best suited to them – by watching animations, listening to audio clips and by interacting with maps and diagrams. - CCS Browser

World-leading CO2 storage database launched

The Crown Estate and The British Geological Survey have launched a world-leading CO2 storage evaluation database, CO2 Stored. The evaluation database provides a comprehensive and defensible estimate of CO2 storage capacity. The initial launch of the database includes data for over 500 potential storage sites in the UK. The data will be continuously developed and updated between 2013 and 2018. - CO2 storage database

BBC Documentary on Mongstad aired

BBC series Horizons featured the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) of Norway as journalist Adam Shaw looked into new technologies that can help reduce CO2 emissions. TCM is the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture and provides significant knowledge contribution for combating climate change. - BBC documentary on TCM website

Challenges to secure CCS

The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) released a new report which examines the challenges that must be addressed in order to secure CCS as a viable component of strategies to mitigate climate change.  Further, the report considers the contribution CCS may make in Europe in 2050. - EASAC report

CCS in Canada (Alberta)

Mike Fernandez from the Government of Alberta’s Department of Energy provided insight to the AC members on developments of Alberta’s CCS Programs. Alberta is home to a well-developed regulatory framework for CCS, as well as several CCS projects notably the Quest CCS Project. - Alberta's CCS Program

State of play on CO2 geological storage in 28 European countries

A new report prepared within the framework of the FP7 EU-funded CGS Europe project ("Pan-European Coordination Action on CO2 Geological Storage”) summarises the current state of play on CO2 geological storage in 28 European countries covered by the project. The report describes CO2 storage potential, structure and organisation of research funding, research topics addressed, pilot, demo and test sites as well as status of transposition of the EU CCS directive. - Full report on CGS website

Advisory Council and Coordination Group (AC & CG)

ZEP AC membership update

The ZEP Advisory Council welcomes two members: Francois Kalaydijan of IFP Energies Nouvelles and Pedro Otero of CIUDEN. - ZEP AC website

Status of ZEP strategy actions

A series of key short and long-term strategy actions were taken at the Advisory Council meeting in March 2013. The following presents updates of select strategy actions:

  • Develop a roadmap for CCS deployment. Action: draft roadmap for CCS deployment is under review
  • Develop the business case for CO2 storage. Action: a special committee is being formed for the business case
  • Invite other industries (steel, cement, etc.) to join ZEP. Action: A draft report "CCS in EU energy intensive industries" was accepted at the June 2013 AC meeting
  • Develop a vision on CCS in the future electricity market. Action: draft report discussed at the June 2013 AC meeting
  • Provide project support towards the second tranche of NER300. Action: 9 CCS applications were expected, one was submitted
  • Support the recycling of EEPR funds. Action: letter urging support for EEPR funds recycling sent to members of the European Commission and Member State Ministers of Economic and Environmental Affairs. ZEP received a reaction from President Barroso that he doesn't see the legal basis for this.
  • Intensify the dialogue with the European Union, Member States and other policy players. Action: active dialogue between ZEP Chairman and Members of Parliament
- ZEP AC website

ZEP publishes report on storage pilots

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. - ZEP storage pilots report

ZEP publishes CO2 infrastructure report

ZEP has published its 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. - ZEP CO2 transport infrastructure report

CCS in EU energy intensive industries

ZEP strongly backs the European Commission in its efforts to support EU industries – not least due to their important contribution to employment and welfare – yet underlines the need to ensure that this strategy is well-aligned with EU climate ambitions. The only available technology that can provide the required large-scale emission reductions in EU energy-intensive industries – such as steel, cement, refineries and chemicals – is CCS. - ZEP report on CCS in EU energy intensive industries

ZEP response to EC CCS Communication

The European Commission’s Communication on CCS reaffirms the critical role of CCS in meeting the EU’s energy, climate and societal goals. Indeed, CCS is not only “vital for meeting the Union’s greenhouse gas reduction targets”, it provides a “very visible link between jobs in local communities and continued industrial production.” CCS will therefore have a profound impact on the European economy, not only ensuring a reliable supply of low-carbon energy, but creating and preserving jobs, skills and investment in a wide range of industry sectors – potentially worth billions of Euros annually. - ZEP response

ZEP response to EC Green Paper

ZEP on 1 July 2013 submitted its response to the European Commission’s Green Paper for the 2030 energy and climate framework. In its input, ZEP 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. - ZEP response

Political action needed to enable CCS

During a public hearing on 18 June 2013 in the European Parliament, the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) called for an urgent and fundamental re-set to the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) programme in Europe. Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of ZEP, emphasised the urgency of deploying CCS: “Without immediate political action to enable CCS, Europe will face severe environmental, social and economic consequences. We will lose jobs, be behind on innovation and we will not meet our 2050 emissions reductions objectives.” - ZEP at CCS hearing

ZEP Taskforces

Government Group (GG)

Find GG meeting planning and documents via this link. - Government Group website

Taskforce Technology (TFT)

TFT has presented its paper on storage which makes a case for 6 large scale storage pilots. - TFT website

Taskforce Public Communications (TFPC)

TFPC is set to move closer to the policy field by engaging the relevant DGs, MEPs, etc. Weber Shandwick has been selected to assist TFPC in this ambition. - TFPC website

Taskforce Policy & Regulation (TFP&R)

TFP&R is preparing for the EC review of the CCS Directive and moves to DG CLIMA for engagements. - TFP&R website

Taskforce Demonstration & Implementation (TFD&I)

TFD&I has published its report on CO2 transport infrastructure. - TFD&I website


TFD&I meeting 18, Brussels (BE) Date: 11/07/2013

TFPC meeting 25, Brussels (BE) Date: 17/07/2013

CG meeting 50, Brussels (BE) Date: 28/08/2013

TFT meeting 28, Paris (FR) Date: 05/09/2013

TFP&R meeting 27, Brussels (BE) Date: 10/09/2013

IEAGHG Post Combustion Capture Conference, Bergen (NO) Date: 09/10/2013 - Link

AC meeting 36 (Brussels, BE) Date: 18/09/2013

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

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

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

European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants

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