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The publication of our 7 policy guidelines to boost Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) in the next policy cycle (2024-2029) through an adequate policy framework was built on CO₂ Value Europe’s quantitative assessment of CCU’s role in the EU in 2050, estimated to contribute to at least 8% in GHG reductions in 2050.

CO₂ Value Europe underlines the growing need to reinforce and synchronise support for CCU technologies through dedicated instruments at the EU and Member State levels, particularly:

🔵 The inclusion of CCU in all EU27 national climate and energy legislation and schemes (e.g. NECPs, National Recovery and Resilience Plans). This should mirror the work undertaken in the EU Temporary Crisis & Transition Framework and other adopted legislations at the EU level (e.g. RED III, ReFuelEU Aviation, etc.) with long-term perspectives and clear objectives for CCU deployment in 2030, 2040 and 2050.

🔵 The hand-in of Member States’ final version of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2021-2030 is due in June. CO₂ Value Europe calls on Member States to consider in their final submissions the net-zero technologies listed in the recently adopted Net Zero Industry Act and the Commission’s Industrial Carbon Management Strategy, and to include all carbon management pathways including CCU, CDR and CO₂ transport.

🔵 Member States should push for EU regulations to facilitate State Aid support and investments towards strategic net zero technologies, such as CCU, as one of the levers in energy sovereignty.

🔵 Increased coordination between public funding instruments across TRLs at the EU and Member State level – for example, the Innovation Fund or Important Projects of Common European Interest. Reaching the 2030 climate objectives will require frontloading and an increased budget during the next 2-3 years to ensure that industrial scale plants are operational in time.

Read the full guideline here.