ZEP responded to the questionnaire on the review of the REDII Directive. ZEP highlighted that the REDII should be amended in order to be consistent with the objective of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 and with other relevant pieces of legislation. Coordination among different pieces of legislation is critical to deliver a cost-efficient transition to higher 2030 targets, as well as to the objective of climate neutrality by 2050. There is an increasing role for low-carbon hydrogen to play to meet both 2030 and 2050 targets. CCS can play a crucial role in delivering early, large-scale volumes of low-carbon hydrogen from reformed natural gas, which will be needed to achieve the higher EU 2030 emissions reduction target.
ZEP also emphasises the importance of the strategic development of CO2 infrastructure to ensure the large-scale decarbonisation of European industrial and power generation sectors, while continuing to invest in the scale up of renewable energy sources. CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is also instrumental in delivering early, large-scale volumes of low-carbon hydrogen produced with CCS, which will enable many industrial processes to be redesigned to avoid CO2 emissions.