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.
ZEP responded to the consultation on the revised Climate, Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines (CEEAG), highlighting that 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, the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance and linked initiatives.
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.
ZEP comments on the European Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance adopted delegated act.
Since the establishment of the technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG), ZEP has provided advice to the TEG’s technical report and has given input and submitted consultation responses to the European Commission on the regulation on the delegated acts on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
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 welcomes the European Commission’s consultation on the proposed changes to Innovation Fund application procedure. Confirming the input that was previously submitted, ZEP believes that the flexibility provided by the choice between a two-stage and a one-stage application procedure is interesting and appealing for applicants.