ZEP newsletter January 2014

January 14 2014

This is the January 2014 ZEP newsletter aimed at ZEP stakeholders to wrap-up the end of 2013 and offer a look at 2014. 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

Videos ZEP 2013 Public Hearing/GA available

On 26 November 2013 ZEP held its General Assembly. Videos of this event are available. For this edition of the GA, ZEP chose the form of a Public Hearing in the European Parliament. Title of the event: Unlocking the potential of CCS through the EU 2030 climate and energy framework. - Watch the videos here

North Sea CO2 Storage can support the EU low carbon economy

Europe can meet its climate change targets and achieve a low-carbon economy by unlocking the North Sea's huge potential as a shared CO2 storage resource, says a new report published by Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS).  - Link

Top 5 EU Energy Priorities - All you need to know for 2014

ViEUws, the EU policy broadcaster, has published a video covering the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the EU institutions under the Greek Presidency in the first half of 2014. The main issue on the agenda will be the 2030 energy and climate framework, the package will be published on 22 January 2014. - Watch the video here

European Parliament votes today on CCS report

The European Parliament plenary vote on Chris Davies' CCS report is scheduled for today (14 January 2014) at 12:00. - European Parliament website

UK Energy Minister signs White Rose contracts

On 20 December 2013, Michael Fallon MP, signed the FEED contracts with representatives of the White Rose project. Behind the White Rose is Capture Power Ltd. the consortium of Alstom, Drax and BOC. The FEED contracts also includes the planned development of a carbon dioxide transportation and storage solution - the Yorkshire Humber CCS Trunkline - to be undertaken by National Grid Carbon Limited. The White Rose proposal is to build a new 426MW (gross) clean coal power plant with full carbon capture and storage, capturing approximately 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year. The CO2 will be transported through National Grid's proposed Yorkshire Humber CCS Trunkline for permanent undersea storage in the North Sea. - White Rose website

European Parliament’s 2030 committee report endorses CCS

On 9 January 2014 the European Parliament's joint committee meeting of the Industry Research and Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committees passed a draft report on the EU's 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. A compromise amendment acknowledging the centrality of CCS was included. - News item on Bellona website

Putting it back - How to deploy large-scale CCS

ZERO recently published a report on policy instruments for large-scale CCS. Thre report offers a thorough analysis of the policy-making instruments and suggestions on how to best implement CCS in Europe. - ZERO report page

€12 million for pan-European carbon capture lab in Norway

The Norwegian government has allocated NOK 100 million (€12 million) in its additional appropriation to the 2014 Norwegian budget to upgrade laboratories at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for a European research project on CCS. - Article on Science Business

CGS Europe publishes key CO2 storage reports

CGS published two key reports: "State of the Art of Monitoring Methods to evaluate Storage Site Performance" and "State of the art review of CO2 Storage Site Selection and Characterisation Methods". The reports are the result of a joint study carried out by various members of the CGS Europe project - the pan European coordination action on CO2 geological storage, funded within the EU's FP7. The reports are based on current literature on monitoring of CO2 geological storage sites. - CGS Europe website

Follow the Global CCS Institute webinars

The Global CCS Institute (GCCSI) has been organising interesting webinars on relevant CCS topics such as public engagement, social site characterisation, CO2 infrastructure and more technical subjects. Watch past webinars and subscribe for upcoming ones here: - GCCSI Webinar page

ZEP news

ZEP Chairman engages with the EU, presents at Platts Conference

ZEP Chairman Dr. Graeme Sweeney starts 2014 with a continued effort to engage with decision makers in the European Union. Dr. Sweeney's presentation at the upcoming Platts CCS conference, amidst a range of key CCS (policy) stakeholders fits perfectly into ZEP's commitment to making CCS a reality in Europe. Find a link to the conference page in the agenda below.  - ZEP events page

ZEP Chairman on CCS: the courage to act now

Two new reports from the Zero Emissions Platform were unveiled on 26 November 2013 during a public hearing on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the European Parliament. "CO2 Capture and Storage: Recommendations for transitional measures to drive deployment in Europe" and “The Case for Urgent Action on CCS in Europe” both confirm the critical importance of CCS and the need for urgent action to ensure its wide deployment. ZEP sends the report on recommendations for transitional measures to Ministers of key EU member states. - Reports in ZEP library

CCS essential in light of key IEA 2013 World Energy Outlook conclusions

The International Energy Association's 2013 World Energy Outlook confirms the important role of fossil fuels, which will still represent 75% of the global energy mix by 2035. Energy-related carbon emissions will continue to rise, increasing by 20% by 2035, leading to a global long-term average temperature increase well above international targets. ZEP Chairman Dr. Graeme Sweeney point out that CCS is essential in the light of growing energy demands.  - ZEP statement

ZEP statement on necessity of CCS at CSLF Washington

Speaking at the 5th Annual Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum in Washington D.C., ZEP Chairman Dr. Graeme Sweeney, restated ZEP's view on the necessity of CCS: “Climate change is a global challenge and CCS offers a global solution. We know CCS is a proven technology. We know that without CCS, there are enormous risks that we will not achieve our climate targets and certain industries will not be able to decarbonise at all. We will certainly not be able to decarbonise cost-effectively". Find the full statement here: - ZEP statement

ZEP AC membership update

ZEP welcomes new members to its Advisory Council: Tim Bertels (Shell), Javier Alonso (Gas Natural), Olav Skalmeraas (Statoil) and Jozef Niemiec (ETUC). The ZEP AC thanks members that have stepped down: Jill Duggan (Doosan Babcock), Kai Bjarne Lima (Statoil), Judith Kirton (ETUC) and Arto Hotta (Foster Wheeler). - ZEP AC website

ZEP taskforces

Government Group (GG)

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

Taskforce Technology (TFT)

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

Taskforce Public Communications (TFPC)

In 2014 TFPC continues to work with Weber Shandwick. Find TFPC meeting dates and documents via this link - TFPC website

Taskforce Demonstration & Implementation (TFD&I)

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

Taskforce Policy & Regulation (TFP&R)

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


CCS EII meeting, Brussels (BE) Date: 16/01/2014

TFPC meeting 27, Brussels (BE) Date: 23/01/2014

TFP&R meeting 29, Brussels (BE) Date: 27/01/2014

TFD&I meeting 20, Brussels (BE) Date: 28/01/2014

OCTAVIUS workshop on emissions, Heilbronn (DE) Date: 13/02/2014 - Link

Platts 8th annual European CCS conference, Brussels (BE) Date: 18/02/2014 - Link

TFT meeting 30, Oberhausen (DE) Date: 20/02/2014

Coordination Group (CG) meeting 52, Brussels (BE) Date: 21/02/2014

Next steps for CCS in the UK, London (UK) Date: 27/02/2014 - Link

GG meeting 29, Brussels (BE) Date: 18/03/2014

AC meeting 38, Brussels (BE) Date: 18/03/2014

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

9th CO2 GeoNet Open Forum, Venice (IT) Date: 20/05/2014 - Link

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

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

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

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