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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.

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.

£4.2m for CCS research at Grangemouth

UK and Scottish Governments will provide £4.2 million for industrial research and feasibility work for a proposed full–chain 570 MW Carbon-Capture-Storage (CCS) coal-gasification power station located in Grangemouth, Scotland. £1.7 million from Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and £2.5 million from the Scottish Government will allow Seattle-based Summit Power Group to undertake substantial industrial research and feasibility studies with the ultimate objective of designing, siting, financing, and building their proposed Caledonia Clean Energy Project.

EC communication on Energy Union

The European Commission (EC) has issued a communication that sets out a strategy framework strategy for a “resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. The EC outlined Energy Union should foster a sustainable, low-carbon and environmentally friendly economy designed to last. Research and Innovation will be at the very heart of this news strategy and actions will be grouped around four core priorities. In addition, the communication states that there is a need for a better collaboration between the Commission and Member States interested in using carbon capture and storage (CCS).