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Zero Emissions Platform Conference 2021

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The ZEP Conference 2021 takes place in coordination with the ZEP 68th Advisory Council meeting in the morning of 22 September and coincides with the end of the current ZEP grant in October, as well as being timely in the lead up to COP26 in November.

Taking place online, the conference is comprised of five short sessions running back-to-back. Speakers from the CCUS community, as well as EU policymakers and EU member state governments, will join us to reflect on the past ZEP grant, the main challenges facing CCUS development in Europe, and the way forward: a CCUS strategy for Europe.

Please note that the conference will be recorded and subsequently made available on the ZEP website.

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Conference programme

High-level opening session

ZEP 2018-2021: Reflections on CCS and CCU developments and main challenges going forward

  • Welcome address and introduction – Dr Graeme Sweeney, ZEP Chairman
  • Keynote speech – Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General DG CLIMA, European Commission

Main sessions

14:20-15:00 Challenge 1: Incentivising CO2 storage

  • CO2 storage in the Netherlands – Joëlle Rekers, Dutch Government
  • Development of CO2 storage projects  – Nicolò Aggogeri, Eni
  • The importance of CO2 storage from societal perspective – Jonas Helseth, Bellona
15:00-15:50 Challenge 2: Cross-border European CO2 transport & storage infrastructure

  • European CO2 infrastructure projects and positive developments to date: Northern Lights PCI and Porthos – Kim Bye Bruun, Northern Lights JV and Mark Driessen, Porthos
  • Swedish Government on developing CO2 infrastructure – Svante Söderholm, Swedish Energy Agency
  • Safeguarding and creating jobs – Benjamin Denis, IndustriALL
15:50-16:20 Challenge 3: Carbon Capture – Innovation success stories

  • Background to CCS research and innovation – Nils Røkke, SINTEF
  • Success story: LEILAC project – Jan Theulen, HeidelbergCement

Final session

16:20-16:50 Opportunities and challenges for new ZEP 2022: A CCUS strategy for Europe

  • New ZEP 2022: Focus areas and challenges Lamberto Eldering, ZEP Vice-Chair
  • A CCUS strategy for Europe – Chris Bolesta, DG ENER European Commission
  • Belgium’s perspective on developing CCS – Naomi Cambien, Flemish Government

Closing remarks

  • Summarising the discussions and looking forward – Zero Emissions Platform


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