ZEP newsletter July 2014

July 18 2014

This is the July 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

CCS community hails NER300 funding injection for White Rose Project

Leaders from the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) community have welcomed the announcement from the European Commission, that the UK based White Rose CCS Project will be awarded up to €300 million in funding as part of the second round of NER300. Representatives from the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) and Global CCS Institute, said the funding was crucial to ensure sustainable energy security in the UK, while providing Europe with a significant CCS demonstration project needed to drive innovation and maintain European competiveness. - Link to joint ZEP-GCCSI press statement

ZEP states that CCS is an essential technology to reconcile EU energy security with climate objectives

CCS is a key technology to improve EU energy independence, diversity and security of supply while achieving climate objectives in an affordable manner and contributing to EU economic growth and competitiveness. - Link to ZEP statement

IPCC recognises CCS as an essential technology to reduce the adverse effects of climate change

The IPCC has published the latest contribution to its Fifth Assessment report. The Working Group III’s report “Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of climate change” presents a mix of mitigation technologies necessary for avoiding the harmful effects of climate change. Responding to the publication of the report, Dr. Graeme Sweeney, ZEP Chairman, underlined the importance of CCS in this regard. - Link to ZEP press statement

IEA report highlights that CCS is needed for a sustainable energy future

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the fourth volume of its Energy Technology Perspectives, which concludes that business-as-usual is not an option if we are to transition to a “sustainable energy future.” The report underlines that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has a critical role to play in decarbonising the power sector and energy intensive industries as well as supporting energy efficiency. - Link to executive summary

Public consultation on CCS Directive launched

A public consultation on the CCS Directive is launched to help the European Commission prepare a review of the legislation. The online consultation will run until end of July 2014. The Commission is required to review the 2009 CCS Directive and present a report to the European Parliament and Council by 31 March 2015. ZEP is developing its input. - Link to article on EC website

European Commission starts consultation on carbon leakage

The aim of the consultation is to canvass opinions on options for a system to avoid carbon leakage after 2020. Based on a questionnaire, the online consultation complements three stakeholder meetings to be held in the coming months. The consultation will run until 31 July 2014. The consultation focuses on how many allowances should be dedicated to addressing the risk of carbon leakage post-2020 and what respective roles free allocation and support for industrial innovation should play. - Link to news item on EC website

Call for low carbon energy-intensive industries opened

EC Directorate-General enterprise and industry has opened the call for Sustainable Industry Low Carbon (SILC) II. Under the SILC II initiative, research and innovation activities for innovative, cost-effective technologies shall be developed in order to reduce the GHG emission intensity of key industries. Targeted industries include inter alia iron and steel, non-ferrous metals such as aluminium and copper, cement, glass, pulp and paper, chemicals and ceramics. Deadline for submission is 2 September 2014. - Link to call

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage relaunches global CCS map

The map has been extensively updated while retaining most of its original useful features. These include:

  • Information on over 200 CCS projects, ranging from small to large scale and across the CCS chain
  • Display buttons allowing the user to “filter” information in the viewing window
  • At-a-glance information including, for example, the project’s developer, current status (e.g. planned, being built, operating) capture method, and planned volume of CO2 storage
  • A deeper level of information providing project data, useful links and news updates
- Link to global CCS map

CO2 capture project launches annual report

In 2013 a number of significant projects were brought to conclusion with two of the largest projects ever undertaken by CCP – an OTSG oxy-firing capture demonstration and a storage contingencies study – reaching important milestones during the year. The CO2 Capture Project (CCP) is an award-winning partnership of major energy companies, working to advance the technologies that will underpin the deployment of industrial-scale CO2 capture and storage. - Link to report

The IPCC recognizes the importance of Bio-CCS for an energy transition

CCS can be used for more than reducing fossil fuel combustion emissions: CCS is key to ensuring the stabilization of the climate – as the only technology capable of removing CO2 from the atmosphere on a large scale. An IPCC report shows that Bio-CCS globally can remove up to 10 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere annually by 2050. The Bio-CCS report also provides some recommendations for steps to make Bio-CCS a reality. - Link to news item on Bellona website

UK government allocates £2.75M for CCS research

The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has today announced the allocation of £2.75 million from its research budget to support 14 new CCS research projects. This includes 7 projects on CO2 capture (£1,128,000), 5 on CO2 cross-cutting issues (£1,040,000), and 2 on CO2storage (£399,000). A total of £2 million in additional co-funding and support was attracted from a broad range of industrial partners from the UK and overseas. - Link to news item on GCCSI website

Challenges of geological CO2 storage explored at 9th CO2GeoNet Open Forum

The 9th CO2GeoNet Open Forum was, this year again, a great success, with more than 60 participants from 18 different countries. The forum provided a picture of the policy and wide landscape of European and national research projects on CO2 Geological Storage. This allowed participants to debate and pinpoint outstanding challenges through fruitfull general discussions. - Link to CO2 Geonet website

CCS project case studies take centre stage at GCCSI Members meetings

This June, the Global CCS Institute hosted over 200 senior leaders from the CCS community in a series of four well attended meetings held around the world. Members Meetings were held in Melbourne, Amsterdam and Tokyo while the Americas team hosted a targeted thought leadership forum on CCS in Queenstown, Maryland. Find the highlights of these meetings on the GCCSI website. - Link to GCCSI website

Norway commits funding to ROAD

Norwegian Petroleum Minister Tord Lien Norway commits €12 million (NOK 100 million) to assist in meeting the financing gap of the Dutch CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) project ROAD. The Minister further clarified that this does not constitute an alternative to delivering a Norwegian CCS project. Strict conditions of project delivery must be placed on the funds provided by Norway and other European states to ensure the project delivers on its promise for CCS and the climate. - Link to news item on Bellona website

UK CCS Research Centre opens Pilot-scale Advanced Capture Technology

On 20 June 2014, the UK CCS Research Centre’s Pilot-scale Advanced Capture Technology (PACT) facility near Sheffield South Yorkshire was officially opened. The research facility, which received £2.5m from DECC, is one of the most advanced university facilities in Europe for CCS, and has been successfully operating since August 2013.  Over 16 UK and international universities and 30 companies are involved in research and development projects underway at PACT.   - PACT website

Swedish CCS research project BASTOR2 nears completion

Bastor2 is a Swedish research project, investigating the prerequisites for transport and storage of carbon dioxide in the Baltic Sea region. Regional CO2 storage could become an important contributor to reduced emissions and thereby a catalyst for continued economic development around the Baltic basin. For the process industry, infrastructure for CO2 sequestration could become an important matter. Bastor2 is a two year research project. - Link to GCCSI project website

ZEP news

ZEP report on business models for transport and storage approved at ZEP’s advisory council meeting

The ZEP advisory council has approved the latest ZEP report on business models for transport and storage. It is expected that the report will, after being made available for publication, be received as one of the key studies in the area of CO2 transport and storage.

Chris Davies leaves European Parliament and addresses ZEP’s advisory council

In his address to the ZEP advisory council Mr Davies expressed his appreciation for what ZEP has done in the past years. ZEP has brought the CCS community together. It has the expertise and is the single organisation that pushes for CCS. He recommended ZEP to continue to underline that CCS is a very competitive abatement technology that is presently unavoidable as a back up to renewable energies, and that storage is safe. The ZEP advisory council thanks Mr Davies for his crucial efforts in bringing CCS further.

A new ZEP report stresses the importance of CCS for the gas sector

A key report presented at the ZEP advisory council meeting of 17th of June 2014 is a strong technical exploration of CCS for gas. CCS for gas has a role in our future energy system next to renewables and coal CCS. Currently, some final improvements are being made before publication.

ZEP taskforces

Government Group (GG)

ZEP's Government Group convened on 1 July 2014 in Brussels. Find GG meeting dates and documents here: - GG website

Taskforce Technology (TFT)

ZEP's Taskforce Technology convened on 12 May 2014 in Berlin. Find TFT meeting dates and documents here: - TFT website

Taskforce Public Communications (TFPC)

ZEP's Taskorce Public Communications continues its cooperation with Weber Shandwick in Brussels. The taskforce convened on 17 April 2014 in Brussels. Find TFPC meeting dates and documents here: - TFPC website

Taskforce Demonstration & Implementation (TFD&I)

ZEP's Taskforce Demonstration & Implementation convened on 25 June 2014 in Brussels. Find TFD&I meeting dates and documents here: - TFD&I website

Taskforce Policy & Regulation (TFP&R)

ZEP's Taskforce Policy & Regulation convened on 13 May 2014 in Brussels. Find TFP&R meeting dates and documents here: - TFP&R website


Coordination (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: 24/07/2014

CCS: getting it moving Date: 09/10/2014 - Link

TFD&I meeting 22, Brussels (BE) Date: 16/10/2014

TFT meeting 32, Stuttgart (DE) Date: 04/11/2014

GG meeting 31, Brussels (BE) Date: 18/11/2014

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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