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Last Friday afternoon, our Secretary General Anastasios Perimenis was invited by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to set up the scene and moderate a panel discussion during its workshop on carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) in Brussels (BE).

Our Secretary General’s introduction was an opportunity for CO2 Value Europe to present the wide range of CCU technologies developed by its members and to share the association’s key messages, including:

  • CCU technology readiness: CCU represents an array of technologies, some of which are already commercially available in Europe or globally.
  • EU climate target: According to our Expert Vision Scenario on the contribution of CCU towards climate neutrality in the EU in 2050 approximately 320 MtCO₂ will need to be captured to reach EU climate targets.
  • Favourable policy framework: Climate neutrality in 2050 will not be achieved if an appropriate regulatory framework allowing Europe to unleash the full potential of CCU technologies is not put in place

In addition to its presentation, Anastasios moderated a panel discussion including representatives from our members Sarah Lamaison (Dioxycle) and Andreas Bode (Lhoist) exchanging on the key drivers for launching CCU projects in Europe and the enabling conditions to ensure CCU can help contribute to climate neutrality.

We are grateful to have been allowed to play a primary role and represent our members during such a high-level event attended by European Commission and Member States representatives, as well as key European industrial actors.

It’s great to see ever-increasing interest in CCU technologies and we look forward to continuing collaborating with the EU institutions to accelerate the deployment of CCU through an adequate policy framework for the new EU institutional cycle.