The Global CCS Institute has welcomed the European Green Deal which highlights the important role of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) as a breakthrough technology in helping achieve a climate neutral Europe by 2050.

The plan emphasises the need to develop smart infrastructure for CCS and also highlights plans for European CCS projects to share infrastructure for CO2 transportation and storage in order to drive down unit costs across the CCS value chain.

Some industrial regions planning for CCS cluster development include Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Port of Antwerp in Belgium. Teesside and Humber in the UK.

“With the release of this first communication of the European Green Deal, it is clear that a portfolio of measures, technologies and innovations will be needed to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 in Europe,” said Guloren Turan, the Institute’s General Manager of Advocacy and Communications.

“CCS can play an important role to support and scale-up CO2 mitigation efforts in energy-intensive industries across Europe and accelerate the production of low-carbon hydrogen to decarbonise key sectors such as heating a transport.”

“The technology also has the potential to deliver negative emissions. There are several promising European CCS projects under development that will use common CO2 infrastructure one that could be used by multiple emitters across Europe.”

“The inclusion of CCS in the European Green Deal is another positive sign; we look forward to working with relevant stakeholders and the Commission to put in place the right supportive environment for the deployment of CCS in Europe.”