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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.

ETI seeks co-venturers to develop an investable concept for major new power generation capacity with CCS

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking co-venturers  to develop an investable concept for major new power generation capacity fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

ETI’s Thermal Power with CCS investment will support development of the business case for an investable, low cost, low carbon power scheme supported by a Contract for Difference (CfD).

It is designed to take early advantage of the new CCS infrastructure being built and deliver momentum into the next phase of CCS sector development.

G7 Summit declaration on climate: a positive signal for CCS

G7 heads of state and government agreed on a declaration to back the 2 degree climate target last Monday at the G7 Summit in Germany. The 7 leaders support the IPCC recommendation to reduce CO2 emissions “40 to 70% by 2050 compared to 2010 [levels] recognising that this challenge can only be met by a global response”. The G7 declaration represents a major step forward, as it sends a strong signal that the wealthiest countries in the world are determined to collectively address the global warming issue. This also shows a clear commitment to invest in development and deployment of low-carbon technologies within national low-carbon strategy plans.

UK Government shares latest CCS knowledge from Peterhead and White Rose

Source: UK Gov

Today the UK Government published the details of their comprehensive CCS knowledge sharing initiative. As part of the initiative, 45 detailed reports from both the Peterhead and White Rose CCS Projects will be released. These reports will share the emerging learning and experiences from the UK’s two flagship CCS projects.

10th CO2GeoNet Open Forum 2015

CO2GeoNet, the European network on the geological storage of CO2 held their 10th Annual Open Forum "CO2storage - the cornerstone of our low carbon future” from 11-12th May 2015, in San Servolo, Italy. The Open Forum focused on CCS policy and the latest advancements in CO2 geological storage science and technology. Presentations and discussions highlighted recent progress and considered hurdles, which still need to be overcome for large scale deployment of CCS.

Green coal in the red

Capturing the carbon emitted by utilities and factories has enormous appeal, but the EU has struggled to deal with the technology.

Turning coal into a green fuel is the promise of Carbon Capture and Storage, a technology that scrubs carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and then pumps the greenhouse gas deep underground — but the EU’s hopes of using CCS as a key part of its climate policy have fizzled.

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