This week consortium partner Energy Policy Group (EPG) released a policy paper discussing the preliminary outcomes of the EU Horizon2020-project ConsenCUS. The paper sets out a number of policy considerations regarding CCUS deployment in the EU, arising from the project’s findings so far.
The EU has set a clear target to become climate neutral by 2050 – an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Technologies to capture carbon emissions and store or reuse them (CCUS) are gaining momentum and can play an important role in reaching the net-zero emission targets of the EU. Industrial sectors will be affected by the transition to climate neutrality and in particular for hard-to-abate sectors, such as the oil refining, cement and magnesite industries, carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) will play a crucial role.
The ConsenCUS project consortium is developing an innovative approach for electricity-based capture and conversion of CO2, and providing advice to businesses and policymakers on how to apply these technologies in key industries in the EU.
New policy considerations
This first policy paper highlights seven policy considerations and recommendations based on the findings of the ConsenCUS project. These go beyond the well-known challenges for CCUS deployment (such as the lacking regulatory framework, high costs, and suboptimal stakeholder coordination).
Full recommendations can be found in the paper, but briefly:
As CCUS policy gains momentum in the EU, it is important for policy makers to consider all aspects of the CCUS chain and learn from research and innovation projects such as ConsenCUS.
ConsenCUS is a 4-year international Innovation Action under the Horizon 2020 framework of the EU, under grant agreement No 101022484. It is performed by 19 consortium partners from 7 EU countries. It investigates how electrochemically driven carbon capture and conversion innovations can combine with safe transport and/or storage through economically viable networks and clusters, with specific attention for the interaction of local communities with the technological developments. The project is half way through the 4-year period. The demonstration campaign of the mobile pilot plant will start at the end of 2023. Ongoing research will support the demonstration and value chain aspects of this innovative CCUS approach. ConsenCUS aims to provide a set of final policy recommendations in 2025. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. It does not necessarily represent the opinion of the European Union. Neither CINEA nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.
The consortium consists of:
University of Groningen, New Energy Coalition, Wetsus, Coval Energy (NL), Technical University of Denmark, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Danish Gas Technology Centre, Aalborg Portland(DK), Heriot-Watt University, Robert Gordon University, OGTC Ltd, British Geological Survey (UK), Center for Research and Technology Hellas, Grecian Magnesite (GR), OMV Petrom, Energy Policy Group (RO), Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CN) and University of Calgary (CA).