Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies

Scientific advice based on existing research on the climate mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) technologies


Following the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors’ first Scientific Opinion on Light-duty vehicle real-drive CO2 emissions, Commissioner Cañete (Climate Action and Energy), representing the College of Commissioners, asked the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to examine issues related to carbon capture and utilisation. As a result the Scientific Advisors adopted the scoping paper “Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects” at their 8th meeting (27-28 June 2017). The scoping paper outlines the issues at stake, the EU policy landscape and the potential areas for scientific advice to inform policy-making. The Scientific Advisors were asked to provide scientific advice, based on existing research, on the climate mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) technologies. The advice will inform future policy decisions, including those related to financial support.

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors delivered their opinion on this subject on 28 May 2018.

Experts from across Europe nominated by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) contributed their knowledge and expertise on this topic. A co-ordination group was established by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to which SAPEA experts Professors Marco Mazzotti and Robert Schlögl were invited and were involved in monitoring the evidence review process. Their declarations of interest are linked. The Commission found that none of the interests declared constituted a conflict of interest.

These declarations of interest are published at the same time as the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors’ scientific advice and remain available for consultation for six months.

Declarations of interest are retained by the Commission in line with Regulation 45/200

Scientific Output

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors has published its scientific opinion : 'Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies' (CCU).

The opinion proposes a methodology for determining the potential for CCU to contribute to climate mitigation goals; and discusses on what bases CCU projects should be funded and regulated, to aid their deployment.

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Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies - Technological status, environmental impacts, and policy developments

17 September 2018, Brussels

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Elvira Fortunato, Group of Chief Scientific Advisors Member and Graça Carvalho, Scientific Advice Mechanism staff member

During this stakeholder workshop the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) presented findings of a recent study on carbon capture and utilisation. Elvira Fortunato, a member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, presented the recently adopted Scientific Opinion on CCU.

In the concluding remarks, Artur Runge-Metzger (Director, DG CLIMA) stated that "The recommendations included in the Scientific Opinion are being taken seriously. The life-cycle analysis methodology for the CCU applications is under development. In concrete terms, the recommendations will be incorporated in the guidelines for the Innovation Fund, to be published in the end of 2018. Moreover, the recommendations will be incorporated in the revision of the monitoring, reporting and verification process of greenhouse gas emissions for the EU emissions trading system (MRV framework)."

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CCU session at ESOF 2018

11 July, Toulouse

In the Carbon capture and utilization for climate change: hype or hope? session, co-organised with SAPEA, the panel engaged with the audience regarding climate change mitigation potential and economic viability of CCU technologies. It all started with a video 'what is CCU?'

The discussed how the findings of the recent Opinion produced by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and informed by an Evidence Review Report delivered by SAPEA will contribute to future EU policy decisions in this field.

Some messages from the speakers

Wrap up video of the ESOF2018 #CCU session#

Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects stakeholder meeting, 20 February 2018, Brussels

In view of the upcoming scientific opinion on 'Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects', due to be delivered in April 2018, the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) High-Level Group organised a stakeholder meeting chaired by Professor Elvira Fortunato, SAM HLG member, as a follow up to the evidence review already undertaken. The aim of the meeting was to collect reactions, comments and questions from stakeholders.

Scientific expert workshop on the topic Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies: research and climate aspects

This expert workshop took place on 25 January 2018 in Brussels. It was organised by the Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) consortium. Professor Elvira Fortunato, Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) High Level Group (HLG) member introduced the event and Professor Rolf Heuer, chair of the SAM HLG was also present. Thirteen representatives of the SAPEA Working Group, 24 external experts and officials from 6 different EC Directorates General gathered for this one-day event.

SAPEA presented the preliminary findings of their Evidence Review Report to experts who were not involved in its production, in order to gather their views. This ERR will contribute to the evidence base for the HLG’s scientific opinion which will inform future policy decisions in this field.

"Eurometaux conference - Immediate challenge, long-term opportunity How can we really enable Europe’s low- carbon transition?", Brussels, 19 October 2017

The Eurométaux conference debated the needs of Europe's metals industry for a low-carbon transition. Maria Da Graca Carvalho, from the SAM secretariat, presented during Panel 1 - What are the right innovation pathways towards EU 2050 decarbonisation goals? on the subject of: Science Advice Mechanism to the European Commission; the first Opinion issue by the Science Advice Mechanism on CO2 emissions, the future Opinion on Carbon Capture and Utilisation and the role of CCU in Europe’s low-carbon transition.