27 March 2013 - 2 July 2013
The European Commission, Directorate-General Energy, has published a Consultative Communication on the future of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe and invited stakeholders to give their views. The Communication summarises the state-of-play of CCS development to date, identifies barriers that have prevented the technology from progressing, and discusses some of the options to promote the demonstration and deployment of CCS under a strengthened long term business case. Read more…
The EU has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. CCS is expected to contribute significantly to the decarbonisation of fossil fuel-based power generation and CO2-intensive industries, particularly as Europe’s energy demand continues to grow. The Energy Roadmap 2050 and the Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050, both published by the Commission in 2011, indicate that Europe will use CCS as part of its energy mix in the future.
However, despite more than twenty small-scale projects successfully operating globally, none of the CCS technologies have been deployed on a large scale. Bringing costs down and securing long-term investment remains a challenge that looks likely to continue with the current low price of carbon.
Within this context, the Communication seeks stakeholder views on the best policy framework to ensure that the demonstration and further deployment of CCS, if proven commercially and technically viable, occurs without further delay.
Issues for consideration include whether Member States that are highly reliant on coal and gas should be required to develop a roadmap on restructuring their power generation to low-carbon alternatives and a national strategy on preparing for CCS; whether the Emissions Trading System should be restructured to include more incentives for CCS; what other measures the Commission can provide to support early deployment; and how public acceptance can be increased.
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