Consultation Response – TEN-E Regulation – July 2020

Bellona Europa has today submitted its reply to both the General and Targeted Public Consultation for the TEN-E Regulation. To simplify the process for you, we have created a “guide” to help you submit a response.

The revised TEN-E Regulation must reflect the urgent need for climate action, and be in line with pathways to reach the target of carbon neutrality by 2050. It t must encourage and facilitate the development of energy carriers consistent with the transition to a low-carbon world. Particularly, the revised TEN-E regulation must reflect the urgency of facilitating the deployment of crucial Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies, as well as excluding unabated fossil fuel infrastructure projects which are massive risk bearers for emissions lock-in.

Priority must be given to electricity grid expansion, hydrogen dedicated infrastructure and CO2 infrastructure. This will connect Europe’s different renewables, facilitating their direct and effective use as well as ensuring security of supply and availability. In situations where gaseous fuels may be used, or where electricity is not used directly, only dedicated hydrogen infrastructure should be developed, and industrial clusters should be prioritised in this regard.

Bellona Europa therefore urges the European Commission to ensure that the revised TEN-E:

  1. Keeps Carbon Dioxide Transport as one of the 12 strategic trans-European energy infrastructure priorities, and includes Carbon Dioxide Storage as eligible for EU funding
  2. Excludes unabated fossil fuel infrastructure as eligible for EU funding under the regulation

Check out our full recommendations and detailed guide for your submission in the attachment.

If you’re interested in learning more about the current state of play, check out the European Commission’s PCI- Interactive Map