EU Approves TEN-T And Paves The Way For CCS

EU Approves TEN-T And Paves The Way For CCS - Carbon Herald
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Lawmakers in the European Union (EU) yesterday gave the green light to an updated plan for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

This network will include railways, roads, waterways, and shipping routes connecting ports and terminals across Europe. The main goal is to improve the flow of goods and people, but it also has a significant environmental benefit.

The focus is on completing key parts of the network, called the core TEN-T, by the end of 2030 and having a fully functional network in place by 2050. To speed things up, an additional target of 2040 has been set for completing important sections.

Why is TEN-T important for the environment?

This improved transport network is a crucial piece of the puzzle for achieving the EU’s ambitious climate goals. 

A key technology for reducing carbon emissions from industries is carbon capture and storage (CCS), which, in order to work effectively, must be coupled with a good way to transport the captured CO2 to permanent storage sites.

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The EU Parliament’s decision comes after requests from environmental groups to consider different ways to move captured carbon. 

This includes using trains, trucks, and barges alongside pipelines, which is the current standard method.

TEN-T: Building Infrastructure for a Greener Future

The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) plays a vital role in the EU’s plan for CCS. While many CCS projects are in the works, they need a robust transport system to become operational.

The new TEN-T legislation is significant for several reasons. First, it sends a positive message to businesses considering CCS technology. Second, it acknowledges that various transportation methods can be used to move captured CO2. 

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Finally, it strengthens the connection between the transport network (TEN-T) and the energy network (TEN-E), ensuring both sectors work together for CCS deployment.

The legislation also recognizes the important role of ports in transporting CO2, which could involve pipelines or other methods of transport.

Different Ways to Move Captured Carbon

Environmental organizations have stressed the importance of supporting the entire CCS chain, from capturing the CO2 to transporting and storing it. 

Currently, only pipeline transport qualifies for financial aid from the EU, but this new legislation acknowledges that ships, barges, trains, and trucks can all play a part. 

This flexibility is crucial for developing the CCS market, ensuring fair access to storage sites, and promoting a balanced approach across the EU.

By recognizing these different transport options, the TEN-T regulation paves the way for broader CCS deployment in Europe, according to environmental groups. 

The legislation also highlights real-world examples where various transport methods are being considered for moving captured CO2 in ongoing CCS projects.

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