The public consultation on projects in the area of cross-border carbon dioxide transport infrastructure that have been submitted as candidate Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) will close on 15 August. These projects plan to build infrastructure transporting carbon dioxide captured during electricity generation and industrial processes to storage sites. The gas will be stored at these sites, or reused subsequently, instead of being released into the atmosphere. The public consultation invites anyone with an interest in the planned projects to give their views about how much they are needed from the perspective of EU energy policy.
Carbon dioxide transport networks have been identified as a priority thematic area in the European Commission's Trans-European Networks for Energy strategy, which is focused on building energy infrastructure that links EU countries. This is the first time that projects in this area have been submitted as candidates for the PCI list. To receive PCI status, a carbon dioxide transport project must contribute significantly to:
- avoiding carbon dioxide emissions while maintaining security of energy supply;
- increasing the resilience and security of carbon dioxide transport;
- making efficient use of resources, by enabling the connection of multiple carbon dioxide sources and storage sites via shared infrastructure and minimising the environmental burden and risks.
Projects chosen as PCIs can benefit from accelerated planning and permit granting, a single national authority for obtaining permits, lower administrative costs due to streamlined environmental assessment processes, increased public participation via consultations, and increased visibility to investors. They are also eligible for access to financial support totalling €5.35 billion from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) from 2014-2020.