The CCUS Projects Network, a network of major carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology developers seeking to drive forward effective climate action in Europe, has held its first knowledge-sharing event, with a strong showing of projects in attendance.
Members of the new Network, which represents promising CCUS projects from across Europe, were joined in Brussels by European Commission representatives and the Network Secretariat to discuss a streamlined approach to delivering the climate technology as soon as possible.
The European Union’s 2050 climate targets will require the decarbonisation of industrial heating, transport and process emissions as well as electricity supply. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) are expected to play a significant role.
The projects taking part ranged from full-chain CCS projects making use of North Sea CO2 storage opportunities, and CO2 capture on gas-fired power plants, to initiatives aimed at future-proofing Europe’s cement and steel industries.
Tom Mikunda, of TNO and member of the Network Secretariat, said: “The European Commission recognises CCS and CCU technologies as crucial to achieving 2050 climate targets. With support from the Network’s Secretariat, our members are fully committed to strengthening Europe’s CCUS industry through sharing and absorbing knowledge, public engagement and improving awareness and acceptance of CCUS.”
Any CCUS project developers wanting to be considered as a Network Member can find out more about membership benefits and criteria here.
The CCUS Projects Network, which is being funded by the European Commission (under service contract No ENER/C2/2017-65/SI2.793333), replaces the European CCS Demonstration Project Network, established by the Commission in 2009 to accelerate the deployment of safe, large-scale and commercially viable CCS projects.
The European Commission recognises the role of CCS and CCU as a crucial combination of technologies necessary for the decarbonisation of heavy industry and the fossil-fuel based industry sector. It has implemented a number of measures to support delivery, including the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), funding through the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR), NER300, H2020, ETS Innovation Fund and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).