ZEP is a European Technology and Innovation Platform under the European SET-Plan, acting as the adviser to the European Union on the deployment of CCS and CCU.
ZEP’s broad membership base – from Oil&Gas, Industry, Utilities and Equipment suppliers, to Research, trade unions, and environmental NGOs – results in balanced views and recommendations, making ZEP a trusted organisation to liaise with the European Institutions and cooperate with Member State governments.
ZEP also coordinates actively with many other initiatives on national, European and international level.
ZEP’s objectives are threefold
1. Determine and create the conditions necessary to reach net-zero GHG emissions in Europe by 2050 with a focus on energy and industrial sectors.
2. Demonstrate that the implementation of CCS and CCU technologies at scale now is essential to achieve this goal.
3. Accelerate the deployment of large-scale CO2 transport and storage networks, enabling clean, competitive energy and industrial sectors, early large-scale clean hydrogen, and carbon dioxide removal.
To make net-zero possible we need
1. An enabling policy framework – making it economically feasible to invest in all parts along the CCUS value chain.
2. Strong continued support for CCUS R&I through Horizon Europe and partnerships.
3. Coherent and coordinated EU and national funding programs.
4. An EU strategy for CCS and CCU – including a regulatory framework for CO2 transport infrastructure.
5. Markets for net-zero products – where real climate impact is reflected in the price.
The Net-Zero Industry Act proposal
The Zero Emissions Platform welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for the Net-Zero Industry Act. The proposal comes as a landmark political recognition of the contribution of CCS and CCU technologies to Europe’s climate neutrality target.
It is poised to provide a predictable and simplified regulatory environment and stronger incentives for net-zero industries in the EU, making it essential to act swiftly to get the regulation adopted.