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The European Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power plants

The European Technology Platform on Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants - ZEP - is a project gathering more than 300 experts on CO₂ Capture and Storage (CCS) from industry, research institutions, NGOs and governmental bodies all over Europe.

ZEP was established by the European Commission in 2005, with the aim of laying down the foundation for EU CCS policies and priorities in the 7th Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7).

The European utilities, petroleum companies, equipment suppliers, scientists, academics and environmental NGOs that together form ZEP have three main goals:

  1. Enable CCS as a key technology for combating climate change.
  2. Make CCS technology commercially viable by 2020 via an EU-backed demonstration programme.
  3. Accelerate R&D into next-generation CCS technologies and their wide post-2020 deployment.

ZEP was born out of the EU’s recognition of CCS as a key component of any future sustainable energy system. ZEP’s vision is to enable European fossil fuel power plants and industrial emission sources to have zero CO2 emissions by 2020.

ZEP will define actions and measures required to reach this vision, and take a wide approach and aims at establishing recommendations including technical, financial, juridical, and environmental factors, as well as public communication.

More comprehensive information about ZEP is available on the ZEP website.