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Balancing the Carbon Cycle report

The Crown Estate published a report, 'Balancing the Carbon Cycle', on 15 February. The report provides an overview and introduction to Carbon Capture and Storage as well as discussing some of the important issues to be addressed for it to become part of the low carbon energy portfolio in the UK and across Europe.

The implications of Paris climate talks are clear for UK energy and industry sector carbon clean-up

Source: SCCS

Today, the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) spells out what the political agreement made at the COP21 climate talks in Paris means for UK climate policy, including energy, industry and transport. At those talks, 195 nations pledged to keep global warming to less than 2°C, and to aspire to keep global warming to less than 1.5°C.

Scottish CO2 hub “is a unique opportunity for the UK”

The creation of a Scottish CO2 (carbon dioxide) Hub can help tackle Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions by providing a stepwise, affordable route to a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) industry in the UK using existing infrastructure, established shipping technologies and well-characterised storage assets in the Central North Sea.

This is the message of a report published today by Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) outlining a concept proposal to re-energise the deployment of CCS in the UK and Europe. The hub would serve as a central collection point for CO2 emissions from different sources across Europe, from where the greenhouse gas would be transported for permanent storage in rocks deep beneath the North Sea. 

Why Carbon Capture and Storage is inherent part of the UK’s energy and climate clean-up

Source: SCCS

By Professor Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director

The Commons Liaison Committee, composed of chairs from expert committees in the UK Parliament, will today ask the Prime Minister how he intends to deliver his ambitious climate change commitments while simultaneously cancelling one of the UK’s largest growth industries in renewable energy and, notably, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

1st Announcement: Upcoming call for free Transnational Access to the ECCSEL Research Infrastructure

The 1st announcement for the upcoming call for free Transnational Access to the ECCSEL Research Infrastructure has been released

COP21 Agreement aims at 1.5°C

The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) on climate change fixed a ceiling for limiting the rise in temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as stated in the agreement reached last week. The final text came out from the International conference after two weeks of negotiations, with more than 190 countries committed to the agreement.

Carbon capture and storage: a technological challenge already solved

If the world is to succeed in constraining CO2 emissions to levels consistent with a less than 2°C rise in global temperatures, then Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will need to contribute about one-sixth of needed CO2 emission reductions in 2050, and 14 per cent of the cumulative emissions reductions between 2015 and 2050 compared to a business-as-usual approach. It is the only technology option other than energy efficiency and shifting the primary energy mix to lower carbon fuels that can deliver net emissions reductions at the required scale.  The IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report estimated that without CCS the cost of climate mitigation would increase by 138%.

First International Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Projects Forum

On November 16 and 17, a first International Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Projects Forum brought together projects developers from Canada, China, EU and the US to exchange their experience in CCS project development and to share lesson learned.

Organised by the EU CCS Network in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Forum focused on identifying best practices in project development, exchanging experience in complying in different regulatory environments and discussing effective financial supporting mechanisms.

SCCS Statement: Quest launch marks key milestone on path to low-carbon future

On Friday 6 November, as Shell launched Canada’s second commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, the Global CCS Institute’s (GCCSI) new report highlighted the vital role of the technology in “bridging the gap” between international commitments to tackling climate change and the tangible actions that could keep global warming to within 2°C.

MEP Ian Duncan appointed as EU-ETS reform rapporteur

Source: ECR Group

Dr Ian Duncan MEP will spearhead the European Parliament’s reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s flagship policy to tackle climate change. In a vote today MEPs appointed Ian as ‘rapporteur’ on the ETS file, the title used in the European Parliament for the MEP responsible for drafting reports on key policy objectives. This appointment comes weeks after Ian was a Shadow Rapporteur on the Market Stability Reserve (MSR), a key component of the ETS.

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