In April 2016, the public consultation was process dedicated to the Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness additional priority on "a forward-looking approach to carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and use (CCU) for the power and industrial sectors” began. It focused on Action 9 of the SET Plan Communication (C(2015)6317):
- Action 9: Renewing efforts to demonstrate carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the EU and developing sustainable solutions for carbon capture and use (CCU)
To initiate this public consultation, and on the basis of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap, the European Commission developed an Issues Paper that addressed the R&I challenges driving ambition in carbon capture storage and use deployment. The first draft of this Issues Paper was sent to SET Plan countries and relevant research and industrial stakeholders requesting them to take position on the proposed targets/priorities, in accordance with the guidelines set out in the document entitled ''the SET Plan actions – Implementation process and expected outcomes'' (see box below).
Relevant stakeholders and SET Plan countries were invited to provide their comments for this consultation round in the form of "input papers" by 25th April 2016. Following those exchanges the European Commission organised a dedicated SET Plan Steering Group meeting on 24th May 2016 whereby, invited stakeholders and SET Plan countries discussed the Issues Paper and reached an agreement on common targets that took the form of a Declaration of Intent (DoI). Following this meeting, the DoI for carbon capture storage and use deployment was endorsed by written procedure and presented to the Steering Group meeting on 14th September 2016.
In November 2016, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on driving ambition in carbon capture and storage deployment. This TWG has met regularly times during 2016 and 2017 to draft an Implementation plan that contains concrete R&I activities, and proposes relevant funding opportunities for their realization, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The TWG, chaired by national representatives from Norway and the Netherlands and co-chaired by Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), has concluded on an Implementation plan that was endorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members at the meeting held on 27 September 2017.
Any SET-Plan country or stakeholder's organisation interested in joining the temporary working groups to deliver implementation plans is kindly invited to inform the SET-Plan Secretariat (SET-PLAN-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu).