NGOs view Boundary Dam CCS project launch as important milestone in effort to combat climate change Media Release

Oct 02, 2014 - 8:00pm

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. 

Olivia Kember, Policy & Research Manager at The Climate Institute said: "  We’re encouraged by North America’s progress in bringing carbon capture and storage into the market. This isn’t just based on isolated examples of CCS, welcome as they are, but on policy. An important pre-requisite for Boundary Dam was the Canadian law limiting traditional coal stations to a 50-year lifetime unless they install CCS. Similarly, in the United States, regulation is under development to require any new coal station to use CCS. Australia has provided limited support for a handful of discrete projects but there’s no longer term plan for CCS to enter the market. In the absence of a carbon price, we need carbon limits—emission performance standards for the power sector that would cut its emissions in half by 2030.”

SASKATCHEWAN, Canada – Members of the international ENGO Network on CCS  are encouraged by today’s official opening of Sask Power’s Boundary Dam, the world’s first existing coal-fired power plant to use demonstrated carbon capture technology on its entire exhaust gas stream.

Network members regard carbon capture and storage (CCS) as an important mitigation technology to prevent global temperature increases from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius. As a complement to renewables and energy efficiency, use of CCS can enable faster and deeper emissions reductions from electricity generation, industrial processes and bio-energy.

However, to date, there has been insufficient government and industry action to apply CCS to existing and new pollution sources, especially in the power sector.

“The Boundary Dam CCS project will send a signal to governments throughout the world that there is no reason for further delay in broader deployment of CCS technology,” said Network Coordinator Chris Smith. “Governments have a pivotal role to play in enabling CCS deployment through predictable, effective and durable policies that include carbon dioxide limits, a price on emissions, incentives for early deployment and performance standards for specific types of facilities." 

“Applying CCS should be accepted as best practice for fossil power generation,” she added. “CO2 capture has already been successfully deployed in gas processing, biofuels and industrial processes over recent decades. Fossil power plant owners must therefore step up to the plate and take responsibility to cut their carbon pollution.”

Members of the international ENGO Network on CCS share knowledge and work toward common positions and public responses to international developments related to CCS. Network members are: Clean Air Task Force, E3G, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Climate Institute, The Pembina Institute, World Resources Institute, Green Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund, Bellona Foundation and Zero Emission Resource Organisation.

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Chris Smith, Network Coordinator,


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