Open letter from 27 leaders in industry, academia, and civil society to include CO2 storage & multiple transport modalities in TEN-E

Publish date: January 6, 2021

On Tuesday, July 6th, Bellona Europa, alongside Clean Air Taskforce, issued a letter from leaders in industry, academia and civil society calling for the inclusion of CO2 storage and multiple transport modalities in the TEN-E Regulation.

The open letter was signed by 27 leaders in industry, academia and civil society, urging policymakers to address current gaps in the TEN-E framework. The lack of inclusion of CO2 storage & CO2 transportation modalities beyond pipelines in the TEN-E exposes the limitations to the prospects of developing European CO2 Networks.

Please read the open letter below:

For the attention of the European Council, Commission and Parliament,

The Trans-European Network for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation plays an important role in accelerating the build-out of infrastructure for a climate neutral Europe. We strongly support the TEN-E as an effective tool to accelerate building CO2 networks and advocate for strengthening the policy through including geological storage of CO2 and multiple modalities of CO2 transport in addition to pipelines, in the cross-border thematic area of cross-border carbon dioxide networks.

Several industrial hubs across a variety of industries are developing carbon capture projects to reduce emissions and need access to cross-border CO2 transport and available storage facilities, especially in regions lacking CO2 storage potential. Over 40 projects across industries and EU member states have been announced, with some applying for the first round of funding under the Innovation Fund. However, market barriers still remain and we urge policymakers to address current gaps in the TEN-E framework. The lack of inclusion of CO2 storage and CO2 transportation modalities beyond pipelines in the TEN-E exposes the limitations to the prospects of developing European CO2 Networks. To make these projects reality, a strategic policy framework addressing the different parts of the CCS value chain needs to be put in place Without including geological storage for CO2, TEN-E supports CO2 pipelines to nowhere, as it is through geological storage that the climate mitigation benefits are achieved. Moreover, solutions need to be supported in areas where pipeline construction is unfeasible, and this includes other CO2 transport modalities, such as rail, ship, barge, and truck. We urge policy makers to optimize the cross-border carbon dioxide networks thematic area of TEN-E by including CO2 transport modalities and geological storage of CO2.

A revised TEN-E will enable the construction of tomorrow’s infrastructure for climate neutrality by signalling strong policy support for the essential role of carbon capture and storage. Policy makers and industry must work together to adapt our systems for cooperation around the capture and storage of CO2 from European industrial activities and the atmosphere to succeed in reaching net- zero emissions by mid-century. If the incoherence between TEN-E and the objectives set out in the European Green Deal is not addressed, this could lead to distrust in the ongoing process and the EU’s chances and dedication to reaching its climate targets.

Yours faithfully,

  • Winston Beck, Director, EU Government Affairs, HeidelbergCement AG
  • Lee Beck, International Director, Carbon Capture, Clean Air Task Force
  • Isabelle Czernichowski-Lauriol, PhD in Geosciences, author of “Captage et stockage du CO2: le putis de carbone geologique”, Comptes Rendus
  • Kamma Eilschou Holm, CEO, CTR
  • Marta Feio, Managing Director, ATIC – Associação Técnica da Indústria de Cimento (Portugal)
  • Mathias Fridahl, Assistant Professor, The Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR), Department of Thematic Studies – Environmental Change, Linköping University, Sweden.
  • Krzysztof Galos, D.Sc. Eng., Director, The Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Science
  • Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås, CCS Director, Fortum Oslo Varme
  • Lars Gullev, Managing Director, VEKS Vestegnens Kraftvarmeselskab I/S
  • Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director and Professor of Carbon Capture & Storage, University of Edinburgh
  • Bjørgulf Haukelidsæter Eidesen,CEO and Founder, Horisont energi
  • Børre Jacobsen, Managing Director, Northern Lights
  • Bjarne Korshøj, CTO HOFOR (Hovedstadsområdets Forsyningsselskab)
  • Tobias Lechtenfeld, Managing Partner, 1.5 ventures
  • Trine Lindegaard Holmberg, CEO, ARGO (Affald Ressourcer Genbrug Overskud)
  • Annemarie Manger, Director, Sustainability, Healthy, Safety, Environment and Quality, Tata Steel
  • Steen Neuchs Vedel, CEO, Vestforbrænding
  • Jan Remeysen, CEO, BASF Antwerpen
  • Martin Rödén, CMO and Co-Founder, BluCarbon Solutions
  • Nils Thor Rosted, Kommunikationschef, ARC – Amager Ressource Center
  • Barbara Scheel Agersnak, CEO, Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP)
  • Martin Schneider, Chief Executive, VDZ (Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e. V.)
  • Peter Schniering, Founder, Future Clean Tech Architects
  • Frederik Selhorst, Business Development Manager, Victrol Chartering NV
  • Bram Sommer, Advisor of Public and Regulatory Affairs, Port of Rotterdam, Porthos – Port of Rotterdam
  • Lina Strandvåg Nagell, Sustainable Finance & Economy Manager, Bellona Europa
  • Graeme Sweeney, Chairman, Zero Emissions Platform


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