Achieving climate neutrality will prove to be an unprecedented challenge for the European Union. As the European Climate Law states, reaching the objective of climate neutrality within the European Union by 2050 will require efforts from all economic sectors in the Union. For energy-intensive industries such as cement, lime and steel – key industrial chains for the European economy – the pathway towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 will be technically and economically challenging and the risk of carbon leakage is a serious factor that has to be taken into account.
This infographic summarises ZEP's response to the revision of the Trans-European Energy Infrastructure (TEN-E) regulation. ZEP supports the European Union’s commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050, defined as net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. To this end, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) technologies play a crucial role. As geological storage sites are not evenly distributed among member states, the large-scale deployment of cross-border, European CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is crucial to reach the European Union’s objective of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. This infrastructure will enable clean, competitive energy and industrial sectors, early large-scale clean hydrogen and, not least, the delivery of significant volumes of carbon emission reductions and removals.
This infographic summarises ZEP's response to the 'Roadmap on Strategy for Energy System Integration'. ZEP supports the EU’s objective of climate neutrality by 2050. While designing a strategy for a net-zero compliant energy system, ZEP believes that a technology-neutral approach should be privileged. All low-carbon technologies, such as CCS and CCU, that are scientifically proven and readily available, should be deployed to support a cost-efficient trajectory to climate neutrality.
Infographic – A Trans-European CO2 Transportation Infrastructure for CCUS: Opportunities & Challenges
This infographic summarises the ZEP report 'A Trans-European CO2 Transportation Infrastructure for CCUS: Opportunities & Challenges'. This report looks at the challenges and opportunities for CO2 transport in Europe, including pipelines and other modes of transport. It provides an overview of CO2 transportation, particularly in industrial clusters, and highlights the importance of developing dedicated business models, as well as enabling policy framework, for CO2 transportation. This report is particularly relevant in the context of the European Green Deal, as CO2 infrastructure is crucial to deliver large-scale decarbonisation across industry and energy sectors, which will be necessary to achieve climate-neutrality.
This infographic summarises ZEP report 'Europe needs a definition of Carbon Dioxide Removal'. This report provides clear and concise definitions of commonly used terms around Carbon Dioxide Removal, to give an overview of existing technologies and their potential for emissions reduction, to identify some examples of European industrial plants that could go carbon negative and to advocate for European CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, a real enabler for large-scale carbon dioxide removals.
This infographic summarises ZEP report 'A method to calculate the positive effects of CCS and CCU on climate change'. The value of CCS and CCU projects to climate change mitigation is crucial, however, how to assess the added value, to be more exact, is complex. There are many factors that could play a major role, such as which boundary conditions and assumptions to use. With this report, we are introducing three fundamental characteristics for the classification of technologies for climate change abatement of CCU and CCS projects: mitigation effect, net energy consumption, and implementation period. This report also includes examples showing the value of this concept.
With the European Green Deal and the objective of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission has a possibility to review all related pieces of legislation. This is an opportunity to remove overlaps or contradictions between existing policies and to fully focus on the net-zero target and GHG emissions reduction. By introducing legislation that is directly compatible with net-zero and focused on GHG/CO2 threshold-driven measures, the energy and climate transition will be more cost-efficient, providing a clearer framework for industry and EU regions to plan and realise their decarbonisation pathways.
PRESS RELEASE – CCS and CCU among low-carbon technologies to be developed and tested at scale over the next decade
The European Commission today presented their plan to increase the EU’s 2030 target for emission reduction to at least 55%, up from 40%. This ambitious revision of the target would further support Europe’s commitment to become climate-neutral by 2050, in line with the European Green Deal. The EU Commission has indicated that carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies will play an important role in ensuring that a 55% reduction in emissions can be met, particularly as a solution for the industrial transition towards net-zero. CCS and CCU technologies can contribute considerably to reducing emissions from energy-intensive and difficult-to-decarbonise industries, while safeguarding industrial activity, maintaining jobs, and boosting economic growth.
This document aims to respond to the SET-Plan Secretariat’s request to identify CCS and CCU market-ready projects that are innovative and mature enough and that could be financed through the Recovery and Resilience Fund as well as other sources.
CO2 infrastructure, CCS, CCU and hydrogen should be at the core of a truly integrated, climate-neutral energy system. The European Commission has recently released a Communication on An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration, outlining how a climate-neutral energy system should be developed and what steps Europe needs to take to deliver on this promise. To achieve the EU’s objective of becoming climate-neutral by 2050 in a cost-effective way, all low-carbon technologies, such as CCS and CCU, that are scientifically proven and readily available, should be deployed. The strategy for Energy System Integration also takes the view that a technology-neutral approach should be privileged to deliver a net-zero compliant energy system.