On 25 March 2022, ZEP responded to the stakeholder consultation on the certification of carbon removals. This will contribute to the European Commission's necessary and significant step towards integrating carbon removals into EU climate policies.
ZEP responded to the stakeholder consultation on Transition pathways for ecosystems – Energy-intensive industries, as part of the New Industrial Strategy published in May 2021. This will feed into the European Commission's work to develop ‘sector-specific transition pathways’ by Q2 2022 for EU decarbonisation.
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.