ENGO Perspectives Included in New Reportby ENGO NETWORK GUEST AUTHOR on 10/10/13
This post was written by Chris Smith, coordinator of the ENGO Network on CCS.
North America is a leader in the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage with seven of the world’s 12 operational large-scale integrated projects located in the United States and one in Canada, according to a new report released by the Global CCS Institute.
Even with these projects, “The
Global Status of CCS: 2013 Report” acknowledges that global momentum has been too
slow if CCS is to play a significant part in combating climate change at the
Chapter topics in the report include policy, legal and regulatory
developments, the business case, and public engagement, which features the ENGO
Network on CCS. This chapter includes a section called “Improving Communication
and Collaboration” and states that environmental nongovernment organisations (ENGOs) “tend to be highly influential advocates because they are generally perceived as independent, credible, and motivated to act in the best interests of the public (Terwel et al., 2011). As such, it is in the best interests of ENGOs and CCS proponents to engage in an ongoing dialogue and find common goals in working toward the broader climate change mitigation objective.”
In a sidebar, ZERO's Camilla Svendsen Skriung explains our
ENGO Network on CCS approach: “As would be expected, our organisations
approached CCS with caution … after a long and careful study of the available
science, we have concluded that CCS can be carried out safely and effectively, provided it is adequately regulated. Our conclusions are based on, and are backed by, an overwhelming consensus of the scientific literature and prominent research institutions.”
The Global CCS Institute released the report today at its annual international members’ meeting in Seoul, North Korea. ENGO Member David Hawkins of the Natural Resources Defense Council is attending the meeting and will write a blog summary from his perspective, so be sure to visit this site again soon.