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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.

Unlocking the North Sea’s CO2 storage potential: unique study reveals benefit of ‘multiple user’ storage sites

Source: SCCS

The secure and permanent storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) within a single geological storage formation can be optimised by injecting CO2 at more than one point simultaneously, according to results from an innovative study of rocks beneath the UK North Sea.

The findings could help to unlock an immense CO2 storage resource underlying all sectors of the North Sea for the storage of Europe’s carbon emissions, and will inform the work of those managing and operating this natural asset.

CCS in Europe

Carbon capture and storage continues to receive attention from policy makers keen to advance a sustainable future. The Network's communications adviser, Francesco Corona, details the current state of play.

European Commission publishes Energy & Climate Summer Package

On July 15, the European Commission released an Energy and Climate Summer Package aimed at modernising Europe’s energy system. The package is a critical element of the European Energy Union strategy, launched last February by the new appointed Commission. The Energy Union strategy intends to create a fully-integrated energy market, to enhance security of energy supplies, to promote energy efficiency, to foster CO2 emissions reduction and to boost energy research and innovation.

Parliament adopts CO2 market stability reserve

Source: EP news

The European Parliament voted in favour of the establishment and operation of a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) proposal, informally agreed with the Council, in yesterday’s plenary session.

What will Teesside industry be like in 2030 if multi-billion pound Carbon Capture and Storage goes ahead?

Industry bosses have made a time-travel video of how Teesside could look in 2030 - if it secures Europe’s first industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) zone.

The short film, which fast-forwards Teesside fifteen years, has been made ahead of the launch next week of a blueprint for industrial CCS in the UK.

The Teesside Collective, a cluster of big energy users on Teesside including BOC, steelmaker SSI, fertiliser manufacturer GrowHow and Lotte Chemical UK, wants to create Europe’s first CCS industrial zone.

It will publish its blueprint for industrial CCS - led by Local Enterprise Partnership Tees Valley Unlimited - next Wednesday with a Westminster launch.

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