The ZEP Network Technology co-chairs and further experts from the research constituency were engaged in preparing a fact-based, academic paper on low-carbon hydrogen. The ZEP paper provides a realistic picture of blue hydrogen and its role for Europe to reach climate-neutrality.
ZEP gave input to the Roadmap on restoring sustainable carbon cycles. As stated in the European Climate Law, carbon dioxide removals, verified by a robust and thorough carbon accounting methodology, will be a key tool to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050 and 55% reduction by 2030.
ZEP gave input to the stakeholders’ consultation on the Low-Carbon Industrial Technologies Prospect Report, stressing the role of CCS, CCU, carbon dioxide removals and hydrogen. Following the update of the New Industrial Strategy in May 2021, the Commission will develop ‘sector-specific transition pathways’ by Q2 2022 for the EU decarbonisation. ZEP’s response will feed into the first ERA Industrial Technology Roadmap, which addresses low-carbon industrial technologies for energy-intensive industries, and give input to the Commission’s transition pathways.
On 22 September, the Zero Emissions Platform Conference 2021 took place online, coordinated with the ZEP 68th Advisory Council meeting and as a ‘grant farewell’ for ZEP 2018-2021. The conference programme saw discussions reflect on CCS and CCU developments over the past three years, as well as highlight the main challenges going forward.
The large-scale deployment of cross-border CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is crucial for the EU to reach its 2050 climate target. To this end, all modes of CO2 transport – pipeline, ship, barge, truck, train – and CO2 storage should be included in the revised TEN-E regulation, writes Dr Graeme Sweeney.