Carbon Capture and Storage Association appoints its new EU Director and Secretary General to the Zero Emissions Platform

4 September 2023, London and Brussels

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), the European trade body for the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry, is delighted to announce the appointment of Joop Hazenberg as its new EU Director. He is succeeding Per-Olof Granstrom, who established the CCSA’s Brussels office in 2019 and departed last week after a successful four years at its helm.

Joop is an experienced senior executive who specialises in European energy and climate policies. He has previously acted as EU correspondent for a range of international media, campaign manager for European NGOs on the phase-out of coal power plants, and Director External Affairs at the GSMA, representing the mobile telecommunications industry in Europe. He also worked for the European Heat Pump Association and represented SolarPower Europe and WindEurope on the topic of corporate renewable energy sourcing.

As EU Director, Joop will lead the CCSA’s work in Brussels, including overseeing the delivery of the Zero Emissions Platform work programme as its Secretary General. He will drive the CCSA’s EU strategy, expanding our programme of advocacy on European CCUS developments.

Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive of the CCSA said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Joop Hazenberg to the CCSA as our new EU Director. He brings with him a wealth of expertise and knowledge from the energy sector, and will be a strong asset to our expanding work on CCUS in the EU.  I also want to take this opportunity to recognise and thank his predecessor, Per-Olof Granstrom, for establishing the CCSA within the EU and playing a key role in making the Zero Emissions Platform what it is today.”

Joop Hazenberg, incoming EU Director said:

“I am excited to start in this dual role as CCUS is the key technology to clean up the carbon emissions that we cannot avoid in the foreseeable future – notably in energy intensive industries, heavy transport and the production of hydrogen. Both CCSA and the Zero Emissions Platform are working hard towards massive deployment of large-scale CO2 storage in the next decade.”

Eve Tamme, Chair of Zero Emissions Platform said:

“I am pleased to welcome Joop Hazenberg as the new ZEP Secretary General. Zero Emission Platform has a long history as the leading CCS and CCU platform in Europe, and Joop is well placed to offer strong leadership to increase ZEP’s impact over the coming years. It’s time to get the first projects up and running, pave the way for the deployment of the next wave of projects, and help design policies that will make wide CCS and CCU deployment in Europe a reality.”