Executive summary: Assessment of current state, past experiences and potential for CCS deployment in the CEE region

This executive summary provides a brief overview of the report “Assessment of current state, past experiences and potential for CCS deployment in the CEE region”, written as part of the CCS4CEE project.

In this study, EPG presents an in-depth analysis of the current context and opportunities for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. It also captures the opinions of stakeholders in 11 partner countries, including national authorities, academia, industry and NGOs.

CCS technologies could make a significant contribution to climate neutrality pathways in the CEE region, given the traditional reliance on industry with hard-to-abate emissions, such as steel, cement and chemicals. However, the discussion around CCS is relatively immature in CEE countries, and the legislative and financing frameworks are insufficient to promote the uptake of these complex and capital-intensive technologies. This executive summary presents the technical potential (emission sources and potential storage sites), the existence of research experience and practical know-how, and the legislative environment for CCS. It also briefly reviews the views of stakeholders engaged as part of the CCS4CEE project. Finally, it summarizes the social acceptance dimensions of CCS, including the positioning of institutions and the media – key components of any CCS project which should not be underestimated.

This executive summary is part of the project “Building momentum for the long-term CCS deployment in the CEE region” (CCS4CEE) financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

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