ZEP has signed an open letter from 27 leaders in industry, academia, and civil society on the need to include CO2 storage and multiple modes of CO2 transport in the revised TEN-E Regulation. CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is crucial to connect CO2 emitters to permanent geological storage of captured CO2.
Following the publication and the adoption of the main work programme of Horizon Europe by the European Commission, the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) and the SET-Plan Implementation Working Group 9 (IWG9) Chairs have produced a guidance document.
ZEP responded to the consultation on the list of candidate Projects of Common Interest in cross-border carbon dioxide transport networks highlighting that securing political support for the list of candidate projects on cross-border CO2 infrastructure is vital. These projects are on the right track to become operational before 2025.
The revision of Regulation 715/2009 on the conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks, provides an opportunity to expand relevant elements of the existing gas regulatory framework to accommodate the infrastructure networks of the future, as well as the transportation of new gases, including CO2 in the context of CCS. New open-access CO2 networks that capture and integrate the emissions from industrial sectors and installations can help to further promote energy systems integration, creating more optimised and integrated EU energy infrastructure. Repurposing existing natural gas infrastructure should also be discussed when revising the regulation in order to evaluate their potential for CO2 transport.
The upcoming revision of the EU ETS directive presents the opportunity to raise the ambitions, aligning with the objective of climate neutrality by 2050 and the increased 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target. ZEP believes that urgent action needs to be taken to put the EU on a cost-efficient pathway towards net-zero by 2050.
On 2 June, the Zero Emissions Platform and the Global CCS Institute co-organised a webinar as part of EU Green Week 2021, focusing on how CCS can support reaching a climate-neutral EU by 2050. With expert speakers joining from industry and policy, the webinar considered opportunities and challenges for CCS projects in Europe, incentivising CCS, the important role of cross-border European CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, and assessing up-and-coming regions, well placed to support CCS and climate neutrality targets.