Europe needs modern, clean, secure and smart energy infrastructure to deliver the Green Deal. The aims of the revision of the guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure is to ensure EU energy infrastructure policy is consistent and aligned with the climate neutrality objective of the Green Deal.
Nearly all EU net-zero by 2050 scenarios rely on large scale carbon capture, removal and storage and the Revised TEN-E Regulation European Commission’s draft neglects some key elements for geologic storage and transport modalities other than pipeline – integral parts of the value chain of carbon capture, removal and storage.
Both NGOs have submitted official consultation responses ( CATF, Bellona Europa) but further developed the two pagers “Ten-E missing puzzle piece on pathway to Net-Zero” which aims to explain how the inclusion of TEN-E could contribute to the EU climate
objectives and the deployment of a net-zero future. The TEN-E Revision reflects some of the paths for industrial decarbonisation, but it doesn’t deal with the practicalities. So we’re suggesting two key changes:
- Ensure the climate change mitigation potential of carbon dioxide networks by including CO2 storage on equal footing to CO2 transport.
- Ensure optimized cross-border benefits for EU Member States by including transport modalities other than pipelines.
A monumental shift in policy is needed to scale it – and we believe TEN-E is a perfect place to start.
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