"ZEPPORT (Zero Emission Platform supPORT secretariat) is the secretariat for the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ETP-ZEP). It is the continuation of the previous secretariat that operated between 2006 and 2009 under the name “ZEST"" and between 2009 and 2011 under the name ""ZEPPOS"".
The objective of ZEPPORT is to provide the level of support to ETP-ZEP that it needs for achieving its own goal: to enable commercial availability of technologies for CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage).
Primarily ZEPPORT provides process support. This includes administrative activities but also organizational activities (initiate and structure ZEP-activities, networking activities and input for the discussions) and, if needed, fund raising and financial management. The process support is provided to the various bodies that make up the ZEP platform (the Advisory Council, Executive Committee, Coordination Group, Taskforces, Government Group and Temporary Working Groups).
The increasingly important role of Member States, as a consequence of CCS (and ZEP-activities) moving into the demonstration and implementation phase, gets specific attention in our approach. ZEPPORT also provides communication activities for the intra-platform coordination of activities and the dissemination of information. Further, ZEPPORT manages and supports the recently established ZEP-C whose responsibility is the external communications.
ZEPPORT is staffed by 3 people, all of which have worked for the ZEP secretariat during its first years of existence. ZEPPORT and its staff members are independent from participating organizations and constituent groups (industry, NGO’s, research) and is therefore without vested CCS-related interests. The home base of ZEPPOS is The Hague, Netherlands. Additionally it has facilities in Brussels. ZEPPORT uses advanced tools for its activities such as internet supported teleconferencing."
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