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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 Launches Fast Track CO2 Transport and Storage for Europe report

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 12/06/2017

ZEP has published a new report "Fast Track CO2 Transport and Storage for Europe". The report concludes that "An integrated CO2 transport and permanent storage network, as sophisticated as that of the existing natural gas industry, will be required in Europe by 2050 in order to deeply decarbonise industry, produce low-cost hydrogen, and to limit CO2 released to the atmosphere from any remaining fossil electricity generation". The report recommends that coordinated action is urgently required and that Europe should identify the first few enabling pieces of infrastructure that can be quickly expanded and extended.  

ZEP Briefing Paper - CCU in the Renewable Energy Directive

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 22/05/2017

The European Commission in its revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) has proposed a 2030 target for ‘low-emission and renewable fuels’. ZEP has published this briefing paper from May 2017, setting out the position of the Platform on how Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) should be treated within the Renewable Energy Directive.

ZEP Policy Brief - Energy Union Governance

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 09/05/2017

The European Zero Emission Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP) welcomes the proposal from the European Commission in November 2016 to establish a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union (2016/0375 (COD)). ZEP believes the Regulation could deliver significant EU added value in achieving EU energy and climate goals, including towards meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

This brief from May 2017 outlines the recommendations of the Platform for the Governance of the Energy Union.

ZEP Launches Commercial Scale Feasibility of Clean Hydrogen report

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 25/04/2017

ZEP has published a new report "Commercial Scale Feasibility of Clean Hydrogen". The report investigates the potential of decarbonised hydrogen produced through CCS on natural gas ("clean"/"low GHG emissions" hydrogen) and concludes that hydrogen has the potential to decarbonise a number of different industries and play a key role in Europe's energy transition. Clean hydrogen could be an accelerator of the hydrogen economy and if located in industrial clusters - where several large users of hydrogen can co-exist - hydrogen production with CCS could also trigger the initiation of CCS transport and storage networks. The technologies required to produce clean hydrogen from natural gas are available today, with multiple projects already capturing CO2 from the hydrogen production process. 

ZEP Launches 5th Annual Market Economics report

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 23/03/2017

On the 23rd March, ZEP published its 5th annual Market Economics report "CCS and Europe's Contribution to the Paris Agreement - Modelling least-cost CO2 reduction pathways". The report estimates that the value of CCS to the EU could exceed €1 trillion between now and 2050, and that CCS could be worth more than €50 billion each year thereafter.

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”.

ZEP publishes Future CCS Technologies report

  • Publisher: ZEP
  • Issued: 12/01/2017

ZEP has published a report entitled "Future CCS Technologies". The report has been developed following COP21 and the aim of limiting the global temperature increase to well below 2°C. The report analyses emerging CCS technologies and concludes that "CCS is ready for immediate implementation, thus, it is essential that current first-generation technologies are tested in actual CCS projects, to subsequently enable emerging techniques to progress". 

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).