Brussels, 22 September 2008
As part of its January 2008 climate and energy package, to stimulate development of CCS in Europe, the Commission proposed an enabling regulatory framework which could incorporate a link to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for demonstration funding purposes. The revised Community guidelines on state aid for environmental protection take a favourable view on CCS and indicate the legal grounds on which CCS demonstration projects can benefit from state aid. The Commission will, in the second half of 2008 propose a revision of TEN-E guidelines to encompass CO2 infrastructure.
In the framework of the SET Plan, the Commission proposes to launch a European Industrial Initiative on CCS as a base for the coordination, transparency and visibility of demonstration projects. This way, EU will take lead in large-scale demonstration world-wide and will maximize the benefits of early demonstration.
The report "CCS: Assessing the Economics" was presented to Commissioner Piebalgs by McKinsey Senior Partner, Tomas Nauclér, in the presence of the CEO of Vattenfal and President of Eurelectric, Lars Josefsson, the CEO of European Climate Foundation, Jules Kortenhorst, the CEO of RWE Power AG, Johannes Lambertz, the Senior Vice-President of Alstom, Joan McNaughton, the Senior Vice-President of Shell, Michiel Mak and the Senior Vice-President of Enel - Simone Mori.