From left to right: Hon Jim Carr, Minister of Energy, Canada; Hon Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, China; Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency; Hon Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy, USA; Hon Terje Søviknes, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway (Photograph: IEA) More »»
Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is a family of technologies and techniques that enable the capture of CO2 from fuel combustion or industrial processes, the transport of CO2 via ships or pipelines, and its storage underground, in depleted oil and gas fields and deep saline formations. CCS can have a unique and vital role to play in the global transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy, in both power generation and industry.
Alberta’s Quest project provides further proof of value of CCS in reducing greenhouse gas emissions More »»
About carbon capture and storage
Current short-, medium- and long-term projections for global energy demand still point to fossil fuels being combusted in quantities incompatible with levels required to stabilise greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations at safe levels in the atmosphere.
All technologies along the CCS chain are known. They have been in operation in various industries for decades, although at relatively small scale. However, for the sole purpose of limiting climate change, these technologies have been put together in industrial scale (>1Mt CO2 captured and stored per year) in only a small number of installations.
CCS is a GHG emissions reduction technology whose deployment is dependent on an enabling policy framework. Given the substantial contribution CCS can potentially make in mitigating the risk of climate change, the quality of the policy matters. The Agency is engaged in analysing and developing options that policy makers can use for promoting safe and accountable CCS and for overcoming barriers to its deployment. This work includes national level CCS-specific policy and global climate policy development.
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- Carbon Capture and Storage: Legal and Regulatory Review
- Ready for CCS Retrofit
- Carbon Capture and Storage:The solution for deep emissions reductions
- 7th CCS Regulatory Network Meeting 2015
- Storing CO2 through Enhanced Oil Recovery
- CCS 2014 - What Lies in Store for CCS?
- Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage 2013