The Global CCS Institute has welcomed a new report by the ENGO Network, titled ‘Perspectives on Carbon Capture and Storage’, which urges government and industry to back CCS as a vital technology to reduce carbon emissions.
The report was launched today at the United Nations’ climate talks in Doha, Qatar, where representatives of the Network confirmed that CCS must be included in the climate mitigation portfolio of technologies.
Experts such as Lord Nicholas Stern and former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Claude Mandil attended the launch in support of the report findings.
“Environmental groups play an important role when they promote information and advice that strengthen both global and national actions to tackle climate change,” Lord Stern said.
“This report by the ENGO Network on CCS highlights the need to sharply reduce emissions from the use of fossil fuels, and also offers significant support for the safe, effective and prompt deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies.”
“I very much welcome this report, which provides sensible perspectives on the challenges and potential of carbon capture and storage.”
Mr Mandil commended the ENGO Network for acknowledging CCS as an essential part of a suite of technologies, including renewables, needed to address the climate challenge.
“It is very encouraging that these major NGOs recognise CCS has an important role to play in mitigating greenhouse gases and that it must be included in climate change policies,” he said.
Institute CEO Brad Page said that in a world facing a 40% increase in energy consumption, between 2009 and 2035, it was incumbent upon us to consider all serious potential options for limiting the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
“The ENGO Network has carefully and independently examined the latest available science and analysed real life experiences to conclude that the planet’s future wellbeing depends, in part, on the further development and deployment of CCS,” Mr Page said.
“Their acceptance of, and support for, CCS is a major step forward because it recognises that CCS is a safe, clean and effective technology for tackling climate change. This represents not just an opportunity—it highlights the obligation of governments—to act now to accelerate the deployment of this technology.”
Mr Page said that CCS was already a reality, with all three components (carbon capture, transportation and injection into suitable geological sites) having been demonstrated at large scale in commercial projects, such as Sleipner in Europe and Great Plains/Weyburn and Shute Creek in North America, which have been operating since 1996, 2000 and 2004 respectively.
“Eight CCS projects operating around the world are already preventing more than 23 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere annually,” he said. “However, to be on track to meet IEA target mitigation activities for CCS, this will need to increase to about 130 by 2020.”
“The ENGO Network has shown real leadership in objectively considering CCS technology and, consequently, deciding to endorse it as part of a genuine solution to climate change. We are reliant now upon governments around the globe showing the same kind of leadership to ensure CCS is advanced.”
“We need to see a stronger commitment to CCS through stable climate change policy settings that treat CCS equivalently to other low-carbon technologies, deal with barriers to implementation, provide appropriate funding support, drive innovation and reduce costs.”