ZEP responded to the Innovation Fund consultation on an amendment of the delegated regulation to enable a choice between a one-stage or two-stage application procedure for the next large-scale call. ZEP’s input included a positive reply with reservations and some questions, and further comments ahead of the second large-scale call.
This report from ZEP's Temporary Working Group on Hydrogen focuses on the need for blue hydrogen and considers production techniques, costs, scalability, and emissions reduction potential. The report emphasises the need for investment in shared infrastructure networks for both CO2 and hydrogen and also includes recommendations for policymakers.
This report from Temporary Working Group Carbon Dioxide Removal 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.
The guidelines need to be updated and aligned with the market developments and the more ambitious new climate agenda, the European Green Deal, the European Climate Law for climate neutrality by 2050, etc. CCS is essential for Europe to reach climate neutrality by 2050 in a cost-efficient way and may be the only alternative to decarbonise the many industries in hard-to-abate industrial sectors, such as steel, cement and chemicals. The European Commission’s consideration that “the aid for CCS contributes to the common objective of environmental protection” in order to promote the long term decarbonisation objectives has become even more valid.
The European Commission has presented the revision of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation. With this revision, the Commission aims to ensure that the EU’s energy infrastructure is fully consistent with the EU target to reach climate neutrality by 2050. Following the announcement of the revision, ZEP has sent a letter to Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, highlighting several issues with the revision – notably the absence of CO2 storage and CO2 transport modalities other than pipeline.
Following the revision of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation, ZEP sent a letter to Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson to share the Platform's thoughts and highlight that CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is crucial to achieve climate neutrality in the EU by 2050 and should be included in a revised TEN-E Regulation.