On 21 April – just ahead of Earth Day and the United States Leaders Summit on Climate, which the European Commission and Council will attend – the European Parliament’s and Council of the European Union’s negotiators have reached a provisional agreement on the European Climate Law, which proposes a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
ZEP has responded to the consultation on the Inception Impact Assessment on Hydrogen and gas market decarbonisation package highlighting: Acknowledgment of CO2 within the scope of the legislation is key to kick-start Europe-wide CO2 infrastructure; With CO2 infrastructure put in place, volumes of low-carbon hydrogen from natural gas with CCS can be made available; Thorough, scientific carbon accounting must be at the basis of any regulatory framework that will support the use of renewable and low-carbon gases – including low-carbon hydrogen produced with CCS.
This infographic summarises ZEP's report 'Europe needs robust accounting for carbon dioxide removal', produced by ZEP's Temporary Working Group on Carbon Dioxide Removal. The report provides a definition of carbon dioxide removal (based on the four principles presented in the previous ZEP report ‘Europe needs a definition of carbon dioxide removal’) that defines a screening process to identify whether CCS and CCU projects may lead to CDR and outlines the factors that need to be considered when assessing a project’s potential for CDR.
This infographic summarises ZEP's report 'The crucial role of low-carbon hydrogen production to achieve Europe’s climate ambition: A technical assessment', produced by ZEP’s Temporary Working Group on Hydrogen. The report focuses on the need for blue hydrogen and considers production techniques, costs, scalability, and emissions reduction potential. It also emphasises the need for investment in shared infrastructure networks for both CO2 and hydrogen and also includes recommendations for policymakers.