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PRESS RELEASE – CCS and CCU among low-carbon technologies to be developed and tested at scale over the next decade

The European Commission today presented their plan to increase the EU’s 2030 target for emission reduction to at least 55%, up from 40%. This ambitious revision of the target would further support Europe’s commitment to become climate-neutral by 2050, in line with the European Green Deal.

2020-09-17T13:30:57+00:00September 17th, 2020|News|

A method to calculate the positive effects of CCS and CCU on climate change

The value of CCS and CCU projects to climate change mitigation is crucial, however, how to assess the added value, to be more exact, is complex. There are many factors that could play a major role, such as which boundary conditions and assumptions to use. With this report, we are introducing three fundamental characteristics for the classification of technologies for climate change abatement of CCU and CCS projects: mitigation effect, net energy consumption, and implementation period. This report also includes examples showing the value of this concept.

2020-08-11T13:40:29+00:00July 15th, 2020|News, ZEP reports|

Europe needs a definition of Carbon Dioxide Removal

This report provides clear and concise definitions of commonly used terms around Carbon Dioxide Removal, to give an overview of existing technologies and their potential for emissions reduction, to identify some examples of European industrial plants that could go carbon negative and to advocate for European CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, a real enabler for large-scale carbon dioxide removals.

2020-08-11T13:35:33+00:00July 14th, 2020|News, ZEP reports|

PRESS RELEASE – ZEP and industry stakeholders present shovel-ready CCS projects to EVP Timmermans

The Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) met with Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and Directors-General Mauro Petriccione of DG CLIMA and Ditte Juul-Jørgensen of DG ENER. The discussion focused on how CCS projects, CO2 infrastructure, and clean hydrogen can play an important role in decarbonising Europe and contribute to the European economic recovery. High-level representatives from the ZEP membership and beyond – presented their ‘shovel-ready’ projects and how they can support Europe’s post-pandemic recovery plan and the EU’s target to become climate-neutral by 2050.

2020-07-14T10:57:18+00:00July 9th, 2020|News|

A Trans-European CO2 Transportation Infrastructure for CCUS: Opportunities & Challenges

This report looks at the challenges and opportunities for CO2 transport in Europe, including pipelines and other modes of transport. It provides an overview of CO2 transportation, particularly in industrial clusters, and highlights the importance of developing dedicated business models, as well as enabling policy framework, for CO2 transportation. This report is particularly relevant in the context of the European Green Deal, as CO2 infrastructure is crucial to deliver large-scale decarbonisation across industry and energy sectors, which will be necessary to achieve climate-neutrality. 

2020-08-14T13:08:09+00:00July 1st, 2020|News, ZEP reports|

A CCS industry to support a low-carbon European economic recovery and deliver sustainable growth

Europe and the world are facing an unparalleled economic crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Large public investments will need to be mobilised over the coming years to stimulate economic recovery. European recovery can go hand in hand with the ambitions of the European Green Deal –  to reach net-zero GHG

2020-07-14T10:58:19+00:00May 15th, 2020|News, ZEP position papers|

The cost of subsurface storage of CO2

CO2 underground storage is a safe and mature technology ready for broad implementation, as evidenced by over twenty years of successful storage offshore in Norway, combined with more recent onshore storage in Canada and the USA. In Europe, CCS benefits from a clear set of regulations and requirements under the 2009 EU CO2 Storage Directive that ensure the identification of appropriate storage sites and the safety of subsequent operation.

2020-02-03T14:11:04+00:00February 3rd, 2020|ZEP reports|

CCS and CCU in the JRC Science for Policy Report: The POTEnCIA Central scenario: An EU energy outlook to 2050

The JRC POTEnCIA Central Scenario describes the evolution of the EU energy system from 2018- 2050 based the policy landscape at the end of 2017. The objective of the report is to purely serve as a reference document to which future policy targets or reporting can be compared against. This was performed not only Europe wide but individually for each member state, and the report provides detailed graphics of each member state. Furthermore, this report highlights the disparity between EU and Member State ambition and the policy framework which underpins those ambitions.

2019-12-09T19:34:31+00:00November 9th, 2019|ZEP position papers|

CO2 Storage Safety in the North Sea: Implications of the CO2 Storage Directive

CO2 underground storage is a safe and mature technology ready for broad implementation, as evidenced by over twenty years of successful storage offshore in Norway, combined with more recent onshore storage in Canada and the USA. In Europe, CCS benefits from a clear set of regulations and requirements under the 2009 EU CO2 Storage Directive that ensure the identification of appropriate storage sites and the safety of subsequent operation.

2020-08-11T14:12:02+00:00November 9th, 2019|ZEP reports|

ZEP Policy Brief: CO2 Capture Rates in the Context of EU Energy Systems Modelling

In the past, when CCS was discussed as the main option to decarbonise coal-fired power plants, a CO2 capture rate of 90% was adopted as standard, regardless of the technology type, the location or fuel type. However, this standard value, adopted so ubiquitously, is actually an artificial limit.

2019-12-09T19:34:12+00:00October 15th, 2019|ZEP position papers|