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CCU in the EU ETS: ZEP Policy Briefing, November 2016

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CCU - Carbon Capture and Utilisation

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ZEP Press Release: Adoption of ETS Report is Crucial for CCS

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 16/02/2017

Brussels, February 15 - The European Parliament today adopted its position on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The European Zero Emissions Technology & Innovation Platform (ZEP) believes that an ambitious ETS reform is indispensable for both EU climate policy and the continued support for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Europe.

Commenting on the vote, Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of ZEP, said:

“Today’s vote is a step towards a more robust EU ETS, with a carbon price that can drive low-carbon innovation. It sends a signal that Europe is serious about meeting its long-term climate goals.

CCS is one of the climate technologies needed for the EU to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The IPCC have concluded that it will be almost impossible to remain within a 2°C limit without CCS and that attempting to do so could increase the cost of tackling climate change by 138%.

But time is of the essence. Investment in international CO2 transport and storage infrastructure must start now in order to deploy CCS widely from 2025 – a delay of even 10 years will cost power and industry an extra €200 billion to reach EU climate targets. The right incentives have to be in place to make this happen.

The adopted Innovation and Modernisation Funds are vital for the development of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure. This can in turn realise CO2 hubs and low-carbon industrial zones, attracting inward investment and creating a significant number of jobs. We now need to ensure that ‘part-chain’ CCS projects are also eligible and that the funds interact flawlessly with other EU level funding instruments”.

ZEP Press Release: Adoption of ETS Report is Crucial for CCS

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 16/02/2017

Brussels, February 15 - The European Parliament today adopted its position on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The European Zero Emissions Technology & Innovation Platform (ZEP) believes that an ambitious ETS reform is indispensable for both EU climate policy and the continued support for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Europe.

Commenting on the vote, Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of ZEP, said:

“Today’s vote is a step towards a more robust EU ETS, with a carbon price that can drive low-carbon innovation. It sends a signal that Europe is serious about meeting its long-term climate goals.

CCS is one of the climate technologies needed for the EU to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The IPCC have concluded that it will be almost impossible to remain within a 2°C limit without CCS and that attempting to do so could increase the cost of tackling climate change by 138%.

But time is of the essence. Investment in international CO2 transport and storage infrastructure must start now in order to deploy CCS widely from 2025 – a delay of even 10 years will cost power and industry an extra €200 billion to reach EU climate targets. The right incentives have to be in place to make this happen.

The adopted Innovation and Modernisation Funds are vital for the development of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure. This can in turn realise CO2 hubs and low-carbon industrial zones, attracting inward investment and creating a significant number of jobs. We now need to ensure that ‘part-chain’ CCS projects are also eligible and that the funds interact flawlessly with other EU level funding instruments”.

Reuse of unspent NER300 funds (1)

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 11/01/2017

An important opportunity has arisen to utilise unspent NER300 funds and deliver tangible progress on CCS in Europe. Used intelligently, these funds could make a major contribution towards achieving the targets recently agreed for CCUS by the SET Plan Steering Group.

This brief from November 2016 outlines the early recommendations of the Platform for how the unspent funds may be best utilised for CCS.

CCU in the EU ETS: ZEP Policy Briefing, November 2016

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 28/11/2016

In April 2016 the Zero Emission Platform (ZEP) published a report on Carbon Capture and Use/Utilization (CCU) which highlighted the potentially important economic and climate impacts that different types of CCU could have in Europe.

The report concluded that whilst CCU could have a key role in terms of unlocking the business case for CO2 capture and managing emissions in industrial regions poorly suited to CCS, the climatic value of different types of CCU needs to be better understood and carefully considered before incentives and policies are put in place to support delivery.

This short policy paper outlines the Platforms position on the relative merits of recognizing CCU in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

CCU - Carbon Capture and Utilisation

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 10/11/2016

ZEP Network Technology produced a report on Carbon Capture and Use/Utilization (CCU) in April 2016, which highlights the potentially important economic and climate impacts that different types of CCU could have in Europe.

The report concludes that whilst CCU could have a key role in terms of unlocking the business case for CO2 capture and managing emissions in industrial regions poorly suited to CCS, the climatic value of different types of CCU needs to be better understood. The report provides evidence to show that the application of CCU could offer two important benefits: first of all the uptake of CO2 and, to a certain degree, the reduction of CO2 emission into the atmosphere and, second, a significant economic value to a CCS project.

 

 

ZEP response to the ITRE Draft Opinion on Cost effective emissions reductions and low carbon investments

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 13/06/2016

Following the publication of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Transport and Energy (ITRE) Draft Opinion on ‘Cost effective emissions reductions and low carbon investments’, the Zero Emission Platform (ZEP) would like to draw MEPs attention to the following: ZEP warmly welcomed the proposals put forward by the Commission in its 2015 Summer Package to reform the EU Emissions Trading System. Summary of key points:

  • ZEP is supportive of the European Commission’s proposals regarding the introduction of dedicated Innovation and Modernisation Funds.
  • ZEP welcomes the Draft Opinion from the ITRE Committee and is particularly supportive of amendments 3, 5, 21, 22, 23 and 40.
  • ETS Funds should be designed to support the development of so-called ‘part chain’ CCS projects alongside full-chain projects and innovative renewables. Allowing part chain projects would enable the funds to support deployment of CCS infrastructure necessary for energy intensive industries to achieve cost-effective decarbonisation.
  • ZEP strongly encourages MEPs to seek alternatives to amendment 20, which could act as a disincentive to investment in innovative low-carbon investments.


View full response via link below.

ZEP input to the design of modalities governing the proposed Innovation Fund and Modernisation Fund to be established under the EU ETS Directive

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 13/06/2016

The European Commission proposed in its Summer Package 2015 that the existing NER300 programme should be replaced by an Innovation Fund under Phase IV of the EU Emissions Trading System, made up of an initial endowment of 450 million allowances. This Fund, supplemented by a Modernisation Fund for eligible Member States, would support the deployment of CCS projects, innovative renewables and to deliver emissions reductions from industrial installations.

NER300 aimed to support the European Council’s objective of 12 operational CCS demonstration projects by 2015. For multiple reasons, including the inadequacies of the NER300, not a single commercial scale CCS project is yet operating in the EU. In order to ensure that the Innovation Fund is fit for purpose and can deliver commercial scale CCS projects ZEP has undertaken an initial review of the NER300 Decision (2010/670/EU) and identified high level recommendations.

ZEP believes that the Innovation Fund should be made significantly more flexible than the NER300. View full ZEP input via link below.

Identifying and Developing European CCS Hubs

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 01/06/2016

A low carbon EU should be inclusive with a comprehensive collection network enabling emitters large and small to connect to CO2 storage and create value in the Net Zero economy.

Developing such CO2 gathering networks & clusters linked to CO2 storage hubs via trunk pipeline networks and shipping routes is the lowest cost route to creating low carbon sustainable growth.

The EU has a number of large CO2 emission clusters, plus it benefits from world class CO2 storage formations. Connecting emissions clusters to the storage formations will often cross national boundaries – a regional collaborative approach incorporating adjacent member states is therefore needed.

A necessity for the creation of hubs and clusters, is policy supported by suitable (financial) instruments that can facilitate deployment.

Read more in the full report (link below).

ZEP’s reply to issues paper No. 9 of SET plan Steering group

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 26/04/2016

On 5 April 2016, the SET Plan Steering group published its paper on "Renewing efforts to demonstrate carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the EU and developing sustainable solutions for carbon capture and usage (CCU)". Also known as Issues Paper No. 9 (find this document below).

ZEP published a response to this Issues Paper No.9, in which ZEP stresses the urgency of taking actions for making CCS investable and asks for focus and commitment of stakeholders as well as EC and member states. Find below ZEP's response (including annex II with detailed remarks on the paper) and the Issues Paper No. 9 itself.

Statement of ETP ZEP on H2020 LCE36

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 26/01/2016

The EC has called for a CSA under Horizon 2020 for ETPs amongst which ZEP. Attached note for proposers contains ZEP’s expression of how it is best supported by this action.
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