International Network Releases CCS Report at COP18 Media Release

Dec 04, 2012 - 5:00pm

The Climate Institute is a member of the ENGO Network on CCS, a grouping of various environmental NGOs with an interest in CCS technology, which put out this release. 

The Climate Institute CEO John Connor said: " The last week has seen a wave of reports from the World Bank, the World Meteorological Organisation and other climate experts speaking of the urgency of reducing carbon emissions which are already at dangerous levels in our atmosphere. With appropriate controls, carbon capture and storage has a role not only in improving the climate performance of fossil fuels and industrial processes, but also of renewable energy which can help strip these dangerous gases from the atmosphere."

(DOHA, Qatar) December 4, 2012 – Members of the ENGO Network on CCS announced today the release of “ Perspectives on Carbon Capture and Storage ,” a report reflecting current status of this critical mitigation technology in various geographic regions, and a call to action for increased international, governmental support.

Members from two contributing organizations – Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and ZERO – presented the report at the COP18 Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

“Unless the international community acts quickly to aggressively reduce carbon emissions, the results from climate change will likely be disastrous,” said NRDC Climate Programs Director David Hawkins. “The aim of our report is to broaden discussion of carbon capture and storage as a complement to the key strategies of energy efficiency and renewable resources in combating climate change.”

Key report conclusions include the following:

  • Governments have a pivotal role to play in enabling CCS deployment through complementary policies that include limits and a price on carbon emissions, incentives for early deployment and performance standards for specific types of facilities.
  • Enhanced oil recovery using CO2 is expected to play an important role in the early years of CCS deployment in certain countries, but appropriate regulation of the practice is needed to ensure permanent sequestration.
  • Internationally, dedicated financing mechanisms to enable CCS deployment in developing countries with industrialized country participation is also needed.

The report also outlines several core motivations for CCS deployment, including offering a pathway for reducing emissions from fossil-fuelled stationary sources; and increasing the probability of delivering economy-wide emission reduction outcomes, while also lowering overall costs.

“An international deployment of full-scale CCS projects is possible and needed globally,” said Political Advisor on CCS Globally Camilla Svendsen Skriung of ZERO. “The Network’s goal is to ensure that CCS is done safely, in a manner protecting our climate, health and the environment.”

The members of ENGO Network on CCS share knowledge and work toward common positions and public responses to international developments related to CCS.

Members who contributed to the report: Clean Air Task Force , E3G , Natural Resources Defense Council , The Climate Institute , The Pembina Institute , World Resources Institute and Zero Emission Resource Organisation .

For more information

Kristina Stefanova | Communications Director, The Climate Institute |  02 8239 6299

To find all other related briefs, media releases, opinion pieces and video blogs visit the COP18 project page here. This page will be updated continually during the climate talks.  

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