Politicians must look ‘beyond bureaucratic imagination’ to progress CCS

For carbon capture and storage to move forward in Europe, politicians and policymakers “need to look beyond the limits of the current bureaucratic imagination,” according to the author of a new report into CCS development.

Chris Littlecott said that decision-makers “need to realise that CCS on industrial emitters and gas power plants is essential as we move to a low-carbon economy”.

He was speaking today at a European meeting of the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI) in Edinburgh, where he launched the report, Moving CCS Forward in Europe.

The study has been written by authors from three environmental organisations ” Bellona Foundation, E3G and ZERO ” which are all members of the ENGO Network on CCS.

“CCS can provide enduring value to Europe through boosting low-carbon competitiveness and enabling job retention,” said Littlecott.

“To make that vision a reality we need to see new policy instruments brought forward and investment in an enabling infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage.”

The paper reviews Europe’s previous efforts at CCS, looks at how policy could be reconsidered going forward and suggests ways to win back political support to inform policy choices.

It also presents ideas on how EU-wide and Member State policy incentives could work together to accelerate action on CCS.

GCCSI welcomed the publication. “This report from the ENGO Network is an important contribution to the European debate on reinvigorating CCS,” said

Global CCS Institute chief executive Brad Page said that the report “makes it clear that the deployment of CCS in Europe is at a crossroads”.

“New measures and new approaches are needed to ensure that CCS projects move past final investment decision to enable widespread deployment in the coming years if Europe’s emission ambitions are to be achieved.”

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