CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) provided updates on operations and experiments taking place at Norway’s world-leading carbon capture research facility at the side events of International Gas union and Global CCS Institute as part of the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference in Qatar.
Commenting on the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference and the CCS Institute event, Tore Amundsen, Managing Director, Technology Centre Mongstad, said:
“We saw real progress last year in Durban when carbon capture and storage was included in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). There is a lot of talk about CCS in Doha also, and there’s a clear consensus building that carbon emissions reduction targets cannot be realised without CCS. This is brought into sharp focus when you take into consideration the increased fossil fuel consumption as the world’s population is growing. During last night’s discussion forum, I highlighted the progress we’ve made at TCM so far, as well as outlining our future roadmap, in which partners will play a key role.”
At the GCCSI’s event on December 6, the speaker list also included Diana McQueen, Environment Minister of the Alberta Government; James Godber from the UK Embassy in Doha and John Scowcroft from the Global CCS Institute. The side event provides a global update of CCS projects as well as focus on the challenges and opportunities of CCS technology from European projects perspective.
On December 4, Mr. Amundsen also presented TCM at GCCI’s side event named “Environmental integrity and community acceptance of CCS”. Claude Mandil, former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency and member of the Global CCS Institute’s International Advisory Panel moderated the session, which was very well attended. The event provided an opportunity for internationally-respected Environmental Non-Government Organisations (ENGO) experts to express their views on CCS as a mitigation tool, the capacity of countries to underpin CCS projects with robust scientific, engineering and regulatory practices, and the lessons learnt so far from CCS activities in both developing and developed countries.
The ENGO community represents an important and influential stakeholder in both the national policy development and international climate change negotiating. The members include: The Clean Air Task Force, E3G, Environmental Defense Fund, Green Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council(NRDC), The Bellona Foundation, The Climate Institute, The Pembina Institute, World Resources Institute and Zero Emission Resource Organisation.
Camilla Svendsen Skriung from Zero gave a presentation providing an overview of the ENGO network, a summary of the white paper by the ENGO network on NGO perspectives and focused on the policies on CCS of the EU as a whole, Germany and Norway.
Mr Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute congratulated the ENGO network and gave an update on the global status of CCS and on costs analysis that the Institute has completed on CCS in comparison to other low-carbon technologies.
GCCSI’s side event program on CCS aims to advocate to an important international climate change community the significance of CCS, and its vital role if the world is to achieve a global carbon budget consistent with avoiding the dangerous impacts of climate change.
At COP 17 in Durban in 2011, the rules of including CCS in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) were adopted paving the way for developing countries to access alternate project finance and so potentially enhance their ability to contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. There were two main CCS related matters being negotiated at these climate change talks, these being the transboundary movement of CO2 and the establishment of a Global Reserve of Certified Emission Reduction Units (CERs) under the CDM.
On November 30, TCMs Head of Communications – Vegar Stokset – presented the side event under the headline “Natural Gas for a Global Sustainable Energy Future.” International organisations like IEA and representatives of the energy industry like Statoil and Qatargas presented their views and participated in the panel discussion.