Event Information:

  • Climate Change & Carbon Capture & Storage

    Climate Change and Carbon Capture and Storage

    Chair: Peter Britze
    Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland – GEUS
    [email protected]

    Deputy Chair: Kris Piessens
    Geological Survey of Belgium - GSB
    [email protected]

    Societies throughout the world are engaged in a largely cooperative race to decarbonise the global economy. Europe stimulates this process and it is demonstrating that a continent can successfully set and meet emission and renewable technology targets. CO2 Capture and geological Storage (CCS) is projected to become an essential part of this process in the near future. CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) can be a vital technology in the mitigation of climate change over the next few decades. It has the potential to reduce the overall cost of climate measures in very low emission scenarios and offers the potential to achieve even deeper and earlier CO2 reduction targets. Decarbonisation of the power sector is often cited, but CCS is also the only solution for drastic emission cuts in sectors such as iron and steel, cement, petrochemistry, etc. for which in contrast to the power sector, no ‘renewable’ alternatives exist.

    Geological storage of CO2 forms the key element in the CCS scheme. CO2 needs to be stored permanently in geological formations in order to turn CCS into a technological success. In spite of the complexity and uniqueness of each storage project, society is not likely to accept failure of the projects that seek to demonstrate the viability, and safety and security of this technology.

    Geological Storage of CO2 holds very little direct risks to man or nature. Nevertheless, the perception is such that even a minor geotechnical failure may be perceived as sufficient proof that the technique should not be deployed on a large scale.

    The Geological Surveys have the relevant data, expertise and objectivity, facilitating their meaningful contribution to a successful implementation of the emerging technology.

    The expert group EGS.CO2 directly groups the expertise of 16 Geological Surveys and is the official voice of the Geological Surveys of Europe on CO2 Capture and Storage. Its mission is to engage in a dialogue with the relevant European institutes, and use its own expertise to interface between European and national policy levels.

    As such its agenda is closely linked to the transposition, evolution and interpretation of the CCS directive. EGS.CO2 offers a unique platform to monitor national and European activities at first hand and to take up the challenge to play a very significant role in the future development, evolution and deployment of CCS in Europe and beyond.

    Historically, Geological Surveys have fuelled the thriving European economies by providing knowledge about coal, oil and natural gas resources in the continent and further afield.

    In the process the Surveys have built up a profound understanding of the Earth’s subsurface and have become the caretakers of huge amounts of geological information. EGS.CO2 wishes to ensure that this expertise is applied to the correct, reliable and flawless implementation of CCS, and on storage projects in particular.