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New Dutch government climate mitigation goal goes further than EU targets

The new Dutch government coalition agreed on an annual €4 billion investment in climate mitigation leading to 49% emission reduction with reference to 1990 equivalent to 56 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2. Carbon capture and storage accounts for 20 Mt of the emissions reduction to be reached by 2030.

Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project

Source: SCCS

A new method that inexpensively monitors the safe storage of industrial greenhouse gas emissions is to be used by a leading research project.

Inexpensive and proven water ‘fingerprint’ technique supports deployment of subsurface CO2 storage worldwide

Scottish scientists have found cost-effective and reliable way to monitor the storage of the most common greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), deep underground. 

These findings will aid the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, in which CO2 from power stations and industrial processes is stored deep underground, to prevent emissions from contributing to climate change. 

Pioneering ‘fingerprint’ test will build confidence in geological storage of CO2

A test developed by Scottish scientists to check for leaks from carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites, where man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are stored deep underground, has been used for the first time in Canada.

The UK has ‘more than enough’ geological CO₂ storage to tackle our emissions to 2050 and beyond

SCCS welcomes the launch of the Energy Technologies Institute’s new report, Taking Stock of UK CO₂ Storage, which clearly shows that the UK has enough geological CO₂ storage to support a carbon capture and storage industry to at least 2050, and beyond.

Brine production can greatly enhance CO2 storage potential of North Sea aquifers, new study finds

The controlled production of brine from rocks deep beneath the North Sea can greatly increase the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that can be injected for storage and help to reduce the cost per tonne of tackling the UK’s carbon emissions, according to new research.

A multi-disciplinary project, funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), has studied how brine production, more often associated with oil and gas operations, can enhance the storage potential of saline aquifers already identified as ideal CO2 stores. 

Scottish scientists at the centre of £7.6m UK push on CCS research

Scottish scientists engaged in frontline research into carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology will continue to play a key role in the UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC), which has today received £7.6 million funding to extend its work for a further five years. The UKCCSRC project, which will be led by Professor Jon Gibbins at the University of Sheffield, has been awarded £6.1m funding through the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, with an additional £1.5m coming from partner institutions.

China Set to Displace North America With Carbon Capture Projects

China is expected to displace North America and take the lead in the next wave of carbon capture and storage projects after its first large-scale endeavor with the technology advanced. Construction on the Yanchang Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project will begin after a final investment decision was taken to go ahead with the demonstration site, according to the Global CCS Institute, a non-profit organization that has provided technical and advisory support for the initiative.

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. 

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