Scientists from the European CO2 storage project, CO2GeoNet, have joined representatives from three international organisations in calling for action on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as part of global plans for climate change mitigation.
Project partners from CO₂GeoNet, which includes experts from 19 countries, made the request to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) along with representatives from the European Energy Research Alliance, the Global CCS Institute and the IEA GHG. In a joint statement, the group said that CCS is a key route to keeping a global average temperature increase below 2 degrees.
The group has requested positive action by the UNFCCC “on the inclusion, where appropriate, of the development and deployment of CCS in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), noting that it is already recognised as an environmentally sound technology by the Convention”.
The scientists, including researchers from SCCS partners Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey, were meeting in Paris last week, where they presented CCS as a viable technology to reduce emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes.
They also pointed out that CCS integrated with renewable energy from biomass could provide an opportunity for negative carbon emissions. Overall, they said, this makes CCS a “very flexible technology to mitigate climate change”.
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