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The 7 Policy Guidelines CO₂ Value Europe released this month to accelerate the deployment of Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) for the new EU institutional cycle, take stock of the results of our recent quantitative assessment of the contribution of CCU to climate neutrality.

The study shows CCU will reduce EU industrial emissions by 20% in 2050. In particular, our analysis demonstrates that 111 MtCO₂ of emission reductions in the hard-to-abate transport sectors will be coming from CCU fuels use, at least 14 MtCO₂ could be stored permanently in building materials via mineralisation and two-thirds of the primary production of chemical building block for olefin will be produced using captured carbon as feedstock by 2050.

To achieve these goals, the European Union and its member states do not only need to put in place simultaneous and effective actions at societal and economic levels but they also need to implement dedicated policy instruments and incentives, adapted to the needs, specificities, and climate impacts of the three pathways mentioned above.

IN A NUTSHELL:

    • CCU fuels: Reinforce and unblock the role of power-to-X fuels (both renewable fuels of non-biological origin/RFNBOs and recycled carbon fuels/RCFs) as contributing to the transition of aviation, maritime, heavy-duty land transport and hard-to-abate industries (e.g. revision of the 2040 sunset clause for RFNBOs made from unavoidable CO2, allow renewable power purchase agreement for displaced electricity during RCFs production, etc.).
    • CO2 mineralisation: Set up market uptake mechanisms (e.g. public procurement) and strong certification frameworks to incentivise CO₂ mineralisation projects.
    • CCU chemicals: Create new legal obligations to use alternative carbon feedstock (i.e. quotas), including captured carbon, for the production of chemicals and mandate incorporation targets for renewable materials in everyday products (e.g. packaging, textiles, etc.). Effective incentives for all stakeholders to invest and implement CCU solutions both when they lead to permanent and non-permanent storage (e.g. revision of ETS to recognise non-permanent CCU).

Find the full Guidelines here