Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) have been acknowledged as breakthrough technologies which should be fostered in a reviewed energy framework.

That’s according to the European Green Deal, which set out the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with a strong focus on accelerated climate action and a just transition.

Welcoming the Green Deal, Dr Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of ZEP, said, “CCS technologies are available, competitive and cost-effect, and its urgent deployment at large-scale is essential to achieve Europe’s climate targets.”

“CCS and CCU can enable a just transition for Europe’s citizens and industries, make EU regions attractive for clean investment.”

“The transition to a low-carbon, competitive industrial sector can only be unlocked through cross-bored COtransport and storage networks, which also enable the early large-scale production of clean hydrogen and climate positive solutions.”

Both today and tomorrow, head of state governments will gather to discuss the EU’s long-term strategy on climate neutrality at the European Council meeting in Brussels.