Our Work in Europe
Pursuing deep decarbonization in the world’s climate laboratory
With the European Green Deal, Europe is now the global proving ground for climate and energy policy.
The EU and its member states are developing policies for some of the most vital cogs of a thriving clean energy system: from hydrogen policy to methane abatement to industrial decarbonization and much more. In 2020, CATF solidified the organization’s leadership in the region by launching our European operations. We are excited to have a growing team of experts working to bring forward innovative climate policy solutions across the continent.
In Europe, CATF is focused on tackling problems that have seen the least progress in the past few decades.
Our aim is always to add value to the impressive climate effort already underway in Europe. As such, we have prioritised our research and policy efforts on the most stubborn and least examined decarbonisation challenges facing Europeans.
Our priorities in Europe
CATF is putting its efforts into climate policy areas that could have a significant impact on reducing emissions and deploying new technology to decarbonise Europe’s energy system.
Our current agenda is built around three key areas of focus:
Cutting methane emissions as soon as possible:
- Methane mitigation is the strategy with the greatest potential to decrease global warming in the next 20 years.
- In September of 2021, the European Union and the United States announced a landmark new Global Methane Pledge to collectively reduce worldwide methane emissions from all sectors by 30% (below 2020 levels) by 2030 and to take comprehensive domestic action to achieve this target.
- At CATF, we work to promote ambitious, EU-wide policy for methane emissions reductions from the oil and gas sector as a relatively easy, cheap, and fast to implement approach.
Championing the transition to zero-carbon fuels:
- In the EU, about 70% of final energy consumption comes via fossil fuels. To decarbonize, those fuels must be replaced.
- Zero-carbon fuels are fuels that do not emit carbon when combusted. The most promising of these are hydrogen and ammonia. As Europe transitions to an energy system that is kinder to the environment, zero-carbon fuels are recognised as key components of the future energy mix.
- Zero-carbon fuels are particularly important for crucial European sectors such as heavy transport and energy-intensive industry, where the introduction of green electricity is either not practical or highly inefficient.
Promoting investment into carbon capture, removal, and storage technologies:
- The sooner we can reduce CO2 emissions, the better our chance at fending off the worst effects of climate change. The best climate models agree: carbon capture technologies will be vital for the reduction of emissions from industrial facilities and from the atmosphere.
- Currently, there are a handful of carbon capture removal and storage projects underway in Europe. In order to reach the net-zero target by 2050, policymakers must develop powerful incentives for greater investment in carbon capture facilities.
The latest updates in Europe
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Open Letter: NGOs Call for Strong EU Methane RegulationMay 8, 2023
It Happens Here Too: Methane Pollution in Europe’s Oil and Gas NetworkMay 7, 2023
Public Opinion of EU Methane RegulationApril 26, 2023
Open Letter: NGOs urge UK leaders to ban venting and flaring in the oil and gas sector by 2025April 14, 2023
Clean Air Task Force Response to the European Commission’s Consultation on List of Candidate Projects of Common Interest: CO2 NetworksMarch 29, 2023
Open Letter: NGOs call for clear and robust regulations to govern the use of carbon removalsMarch 7, 2023
Porthos and Beyond: The Critical Importance of Carbon Capture and Storage Projects for Dutch Climate GoalsFebruary 28, 2023
Carbon Capture and the Inflation Reduction ActFebruary 16, 2023
Open Letter calling for multiple transport modalities for CO2 transport to be included in the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) RegulationFebruary 14, 2023
Carbon Dioxide Removal Certification – What is it and why is it needed?December 21, 2022
A national carbon management strategy for the implementation of industrial CCS and CCU projects in Germany and EuropeDecember 20, 2022
Open Letter: NGOs call for an EU Carbon Capture and Storage StrategyDecember 20, 2022
Meet our experts
Our European team of experts is focused on applying pressure in Brussels and driving a comprehensive policy and technology advocacy agenda forward in member states.
Olivia AzadeganEnergy Transition Director, MENA
Jonathan BanksGlobal Director, Methane Pollution Prevention
Lee BeckSenior Director, Europe and Middle East
Ioannis BinietoglouRemote Sensing Policy Manager
Rocio Gonzalez SanchezPolicy Manager, Zero-Carbon Fuels and Transportation Decarbonization
Théophile Humann-GuilleminotCampaign Manager, Methane Pollution Prevention
Tamara LagurashviliRegional Manager, Europe
Toby LockwoodTechnology and Markets Director, Carbon Capture
Sara Albares MartinRegional Associate, Europe
Alfredo Miranda-GonzálezDeputy Director, International Methane
Alejandra Muñoz CastañerGovernment Affairs Manager
Eadbhard PernotPolicy Manager, Carbon Capture
Jakob PetutschnigPolicy Manager, Zero-Carbon Fuels
Maja PozvekGovernment Affairs Associate, Europe
Markus RosenthalHead of Government Relations, Germany
Sonia StoyanovaGovernment Affairs Associate, Europe
Magnolia TovarGlobal Director, Zero-Carbon Fuels
Rebecca TremainHead of UK Government Affairs
James TurittoCampaign Manager, Methane Pollution Prevention
Zitely Tzompa SosaTechnical Advocate, Methane Pollution Prevention
Alessia VironeGovernment Affairs Director, Europe
For all press and media inquiries related to our work in Europe, please contact Rowan Emslie.
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