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Member States agreed on ETS reform negotiating position

The Member States agreed their negotiation position on the EU ETS reform file during the Environmental Council on 28 February 2017. The agreement was supported by 19 countries out of the 28 composing the Council of the EU.

The emission trading scheme (ETS) is one of the main tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, which has committed to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2030. The Member States’ Ministers, which constitute the Environmental Council, consolidated their position on the reform just two weeks after the European Parliament had voted its own position.

‘Twin-track’ approach to carbon removal will help deliver Scotland’s strategic energy ambitions

Scotland’s new “whole system” energy strategy must include a clear ambition to achieve a “net zero carbon” economy before 2050, with a twin-track approach to reinvigorating the delivery of carbon removal technology, according to a briefing sent to the Scottish Government today. 

Media on the agenda of CCS knowledge sharing event

Media relations, national media coverage and experiences of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects were the topics discussed at the Knowledge Sharing event in Lausanne on Monday. Participants from Australia, Canada, E.U., Japan, Norway and the US joined the event to share their experiences and views on CCS status in the media and on how to raise the technology profile in the press.

Global CCS Institute welcomes world’s first commercial steel CCS project

As the 22nd conference of the parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins in Marrakech, the Global CCS Institute has indicated that the Al Reyadah project in Abu Dhabi is a critical milestone in making industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) a commercial reality as the world looks for new ways to drive significant reductions in CO2 emissions.

Norway to allocate 1.3 billion NOK to CCS

Today the Norwegian Minister of Finance has confirmed state support for full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the 2017 official budget announcement. Norwegian government proposes to allocate 1.3 billion NOK (about €130 million) for CO2 management activities.

Oxburgh report on Carbon Capture and Storage resets approach to pricing, delivering infrastructure and enabling UK climate action

SCCS welcomes the launch of the much-anticipated report on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK by the parliamentary advisory group led by Lord Oxburgh.

The report describes a six-point plan for delivering CCS in the UK, a technology that is essential to meeting the carbon targets envisaged by the Paris Agreement on tackling climate change. With the US and China having now ratified this pledge, there is pressure on the UK Government to follow suit and swiftly reaffirm its leadership in low-carbon ambitions.  

Scotland’s industry ‘clusters’ hold key to reducing cost of UK climate action

A new study of “clusters” of industrial facilities in Scotland supports recent advice to the UK Government that a focus on delivering shared transport and storage infrastructure can greatly reduce the cost of achieving deep cuts in the UK’s carbon emissions.

The analysis published by Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) [1] shows how re-using existing natural gas pipelines, which pass close to centres of industrial activity, can reduce the cost of transporting captured carbon dioxide (CO2) to geological storage sites already identified offshore.

Cost of decarbonising UK without carbon capture and storage could be an extra £30 billion

Source: SCCS 

Hydrogen and CCS - a low carbon team

Using hydrogen for heating would significantly reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions, a new report has found – but only if backed up with significant Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) development.

The H21 Leeds City Gate project report, launched today (Monday) outlines the benefits of replacing natural gas in the city’s gas grid with ‘green’ hydrogen – a solution which could be rolled out to the rest of the country.

New ETI report - Existing technology and a co-ordinated, co-located series of deployments can cut CCS costs

New report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has reinforced the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to a UK low carbon energy system and identified an effective way of reducing costs deploying existing technology and utilising shared infrastructure, rather than investment in further technology advances.

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