Report advocates binding targets for CCS

A new EU guideline report delivered by the European Technology Platform for Zero Emissions Power says countries should be given binding targets for installing technology to capture and store carbon (CCS) emissions.

The consultancy, who provided the report for the European Commission, says there is a “genuine and urgent” need for it in Europe.
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 “An EU roadmap for CCS with binding targets for 2030 sends a clear signal of intent to members of the UNFCCC process that the EU’s CO2 ambitions will be realised, thus maintaining a leading position for the EU in the climate debate.”

The report calls for CCS roadmaps to be developed by EU countries and for the commission to prepare a list of potential CCS storage sites.

Graeme Sweeney, chair of the European Technology Platform for Zero Emissions Power said that CCS goals had to be ambitious. “We should put something in the order of 220m tonnes of CO2 underground across the EU by 2030,” he told the Guardian. “Perhaps three quarters of that should come from the power sector and at least a quarter from industrial sources such as steel, cement and aluminium.”

Sweeney, a former CO2 adviser to Shell, also called for a “parity of policy” in public funding for CCS and proven carbon-cutting technologies such as renewables and energy efficiency.



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